Darvish denies gambling as MLB looks into brother’s arrest

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 file photo,Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan watches from the dugout during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington, Texas. Yu Darvish says he has never been involved in gambling activities, but otherwise isn't commenting on a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan. Darvish issued a statement Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. But the Texas Rangers pitcher says he's certain they will find he had no involvement whatsoever. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish says he has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan.

Darvish issued a statement Tuesday through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. He declined comment, but says he is certain they will find he had no involvement.

Sho Darvish was reportedly charged last October in Japan with running an illegal gambling ring that allegedly took about 1,850 bets on MLB games as well as professional baseball games in Japan. It was unclear if any bets were taken on games involving the Rangers.

The Japan Times says Osaka police have not accused Yu Darvish of any wrongdoing.