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Old 02-20-2013, 02:44 PM   #142
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DOU LIOU CITY, Taiwan -- One of South Korea's opponents at the upcoming WBC was forced to apologize on Tuesday after its scouts sneaked into a Korean practice game, in an apparent attempt to gather information on its regional rival ahead of the March 2-19 tournament.

According to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), four Taiwanese advance scouts posed as umpire trainees to gain entrance to a practice game at Dou Liou Stadium.

South Korea and Taiwan have been paired in Pool B in the opening round of the WBC. They are scheduled to square off in Taichung, north of Dou Liou, on March 5. The Netherlands and Australia are two other countries in the group. The top two countries from the four squads will reach the second round, and South Korea and Taiwan are regarded as the two favorites.

Once inside the umpires' room, the scouts began timing the delivery of the national team's pitchers, which drew the suspicions of KBO officials.

"We had our suspicions because there seemed to be too many people in the umpires' room," one KBO official said.

"They kept saying they were umpire trainees. But we later learned that they were really scouts and we ejected them from the stadium (in the fourth inning)."

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