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NH’s Locke calls game-fixing hoax ‘scary’

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks to the mound to take pitcher Jeff Locke out of the game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks to the mound to take pitcher Jeff Locke out of the game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Pittsburgh left-hander and North Conway native Jeff Locke said it’s “scary” to think that someone could have been spreading false rumors about him fixing games.

According to a report by Sports Illustrated and The Center for Investigative Reporting, a sports handicapper – who knew Locke growing up – was offering advice in 2012 claiming Locke was throwing games. Major League Baseball investigators looked into the matter, and the handicapper said it was a hoax that began because he felt slighted by Locke after he tried to contact the pitcher on social media and got no reply. The case was eventually closed.

Locke, a Kennett High School graduate, said the episode was a shock to him, but it wasn’t a distraction.

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