Marlins pitcher target of MLB gambling probe

Mar 25, 2015 8:09 PM by Ross Field

MIAMI (AP) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling.

Marlins spokesman Matt Roebuck confirmed the investigation in a statement Wednesday but declined further comment.

The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made to a gambling expert were published on the social media site.

It is a MLB rules violation for players or any other employees to bet on baseball games. A player who bets on a game his team isn't playing in faces a mandatory one-year suspension. A player who bets on or against his own team faces a lifetime ban. The commissioner, at his discretion, can discipline a player for placing other types of bets with an illegal bookmaker.

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