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Source: MLB probing Cosart for gambling ties

Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart, a former Phillies prospect, allegedly communicated with a gambling authority on Twitter.

MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball is looking into possible sports-related gambling ties involving Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart, a league official confirmed to and the

Miami New Times


The 24-year-old righthander, whom the Phillies traded to Houston in the 2011 Hunter Pence trade, allegedly exchanged multiple direct messages with a gambling authority on his Twitter account. The interaction became public and created a social-media storm when it was shared on the site by a third party. Cosart deleted his official Twitter account after screen shots of the exchange began appearing on the Internet on Tuesday night.

Cosart said yesterday that his initial Twitter account had been hacked to create direct-message conversations about his alleged gambling. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed that the commissioner's office is investigating the matter, which was first reported by the Miami New Times.

It's unclear whether the allegations involving Cosart revolve around baseball betting or sports betting in general. MLB Rule 21 prohibits gambling on baseball.

Courtney confirmed that it is not against MLB rules for players to legally gamble on sports other than baseball.

The Marlins acquired Cosart from Houston in a seven-player trade in July and have plugged him into their starting rotation this spring. He is 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in four exhibition games.


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