Yomiuri Giants pitcher Fukuda suspended for bets on baseball

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TOKYO (AP) A pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants, Japan's most popular baseball team, has been suspended for betting on games, including those involving his own team.

Satoshi Fukuda bet on 10 Nippon Professional Baseball games and 10 major league games in an attempt to win back money he lost gambling on high school baseball games in August.

The NPB games included three or four involving Yomiuri. In all, Fukuda is said to have lost over $8,000.

The 32-year-old did not appear for the top team this season, so there is no suspicion that he fixed games, but gambling is a violation of NPB's charter.

In light of the revelations, team president Hiroshi Kubo on Tuesday launched an investigation involving all players and staff.