Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish Under Investigation by MLB

Jul 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Los Angeles won 15-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Los Angeles won 15-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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The MLB has begun a probe into Yu Darvish and his connection to a gambling ring linked to his brother

The Dallas Morning News has reported that the MLB is investigating a gambling ring run by the younger brother of Texas Rangers’ ace, Yu Darvish and Yu’s connection to the ring. Darvish has not been accused of any illegal activity and the MLB is currently following protocol by looking into the issue.

The story regarding the arrest of Darvish’s brother, Sho Darvish, was initially released by the Japan Times in October 2015. This story came after the announcement of the arrest of Sho Darvish by Osaka police following an investigation lasting more than a year. Charges of gambling and operating a betting ring were filed in November by the Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office.

According the charges, Sho Darvish supposedly accepted over 1,800 bets worth about $85 in US currency. No evidence has indicated any of these bets involved Ranger’s games.

Darvish has been a major asset for the Texas Rangers since joining the club in 2012. In three seasons of play with the Rangers, he has posted a 39-25 record with a 3.27 ERA and 680 career strike outs. Yu Darvish missed last season with Tommy John surgery and is expected to return to Texas in May at the earliest.

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