Sport Astros demote Ken Giles to Triple-A a day after apparent tiff with manager A.J. Hinch

00:05  12 july  2018
00:05  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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That blast came off Astros reliever Ken Giles , who came in after eight masterful innings from Justin Verlander. Giles , however, didn't have as much luck on the evening, and wound up taking the loss. After being lifted from the game by manager A . J . Hinch

SEATTLE — Astros closer Ken Giles has back tightness that has gotten "progressively a little bit worse," manager A . J . Hinch revealed prior to Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. "He's been battling a little bit of back tightness and has been unavailable the last couple days ," Hinch said.

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Talk about a knockout punch.

Less than 24 hours following some harsh words were shared — apparently flung from Ken Giles' mouth Astros' manager A.J. Hinch — the Astros reliever is packing his things and heading to Triple-A Fresno, the team announced on Wednesday.

Cameras caught Giles spewing some (seemingly) bad words directed towards Hinch as Hinch pulled Giles following a less-than-stellar outing on Tuesday night vs. the A's. Giles allowed three straight singles in the top of the ninth.

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Andrew Jay Hinch (born May 15, 1974) is an American professional baseball coach and former catcher who is currently the manager for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to joining the Astros , Hinch played as catcher for the Oakland Athletics (1998–2000), Kansas City Royals

Kenneth Robert Giles (born September 20, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The A's would eventually tie the game, but the Astros would walk off on a bizarre Alex Bregman infield hit.

Talk about it they did, as Giles is likely on a plane to California right now.

Giles has had a poor year, pitching to a 4.99 ERA in 2018 and a 1.272 WHIP. He also punched himself in the face following a poor outing vs. the Yankees earlier in the season.

Why is Ken Giles at Triple-A?: 'To get my groove back, that’s all I’m here to do' .
Ken Giles was demoted to Triple-A by the Astros after surrendering three runs while recording no outs in a game July 10."Trying to get my groove back," he told the Albuquerque Journal Friday. "That's all I'm here to do.

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