Darvish denies gambling as MLB looks into brother’s arrest

January 19, 2016
In this multiple exposure, Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish, of Japan, works against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Multiple exposure of Yu Darvish pitching for the Texas Rangers. (AP file – Tony Gutierrez)

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.