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MLB clears Yu Darvish of wrongdoing in brother’s gambling ring

Japanese MLB Players During 2015 Spring Training

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

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Major League Baseball determined Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had no involvement in his brother Sho’s gambling ring in Japan, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Darvish denied having any involvement in a statement earlier this week.

Sho is alleged to have accepted around 1,850 wagers of about 10,000 yen each (approximately $85 USD) on both Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball games. However, there is no indication that he took bets on games involving the Rangers.

Major League Baseball, understandably, takes gambling allegations involving its players seriously. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was investigated and cleared in 2014 when his name surfaced in a game-fixing hoax. Last year, Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined for placing illegal bets on non-baseball sports.

Yu missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery but is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation by May.

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