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MLB officials plan to interview A-Rod on poker allegations

By Michael Martinez, CNN
  • first reported that Rodriguez was in two high-stakes poker games
  • The games allegedly took place in 2009
  • The baseball commissioner's staff will interview the Yankee player, a spokesman says
  • Neither the Yankees nor Rodriguez's rep had immediate comment

(CNN) -- Major League Baseball officials will interview Yankee star Alex Rodriguez in the wake of media reports that the third baseman allegedly took part in two high-stakes poker games, a league spokesman told CNN Wednesday.

"We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation," Major League Baseball spokesman Patrick Courtney said in an e-mail to CNN on Wednesday. "As part of the investigation, the commissioner's office will interview Mr. Rodriguez."

The gambling allegations, which were first reported by, place Rodriguez in two poker games in 2009. One allegedly was an underground high-stakes game held in the Beverly Hills mansion of a record label owner, and another was allegedly held weeks later in Miami in November 2009, the site reported.

Rodriguez's representative, Richard Rubenstein, declined immediate comment, his assistant told CNN Wednesday afternoon.

The Yankees had no comment, team spokesman Jason Zillo said.

CNN's David Close contributed to this report.