Marlins pitcher being investigated over gambling tweets

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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