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Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees watches on from the dugout with his left thumb heavily wrapped against the Oakland Athletics on August 23, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)


Major League Baseball (MLB) met with Alex Rodriguez on Friday as part of its investigation into reports that the New York Yankees slugger took part in high-stakes underground poker games.

Rodriguez is alleged to have played in at least two games, including one at a Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive, where hundreds of thousands of dollars changed hands among players that included several high-profile actors.

“Representatives of our office met with Alex Rodriguez today and Mr. Rodriguez answered all of our questions,” MLB told Reuters in an e-mail.

“Beyond that, we are not going to go into detail on our investigation.”

Earlier this month, MLB said it had taken the allegations “very seriously” and that the Commissioner’s Office would interview Rodriguez during its investigation.

Rodriguez was warned in 2005 about gambling in underground poker clubs by the Yankees and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, both of whom were concerned about possible involvement with gamblers who might be betting on baseball games.

The Yankees All-Star third baseman, who had knee surgery last month, returned to the team’s lineup for Thursday’s 22-9 rout of the Oakland Athletics, going 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored.

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