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MLB is investigating A-Rod’s poker playing

Associated Press / August 4, 2011

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Major League Baseball will interview Alex Rodriguez as it investigates allegations that the Yankees star took part in illegal celebrity poker games.

MLB said in a statement, “We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation. As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.’’

Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw Rodriguez playing at one of the games hosted at Hollywood hotels and private residences; at the time, a spokesman for Rodriguez denied that he participated.

MLB said then that the report was the first the commissioner’s office had heard about the accusation and baseball officials would look into the matter.

A spokesman for the Yankees declined comment when asked about Rodriguez. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since July 14, having had surgery on his right knee.

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