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Houston Astros send Ken Giles to minors after fiery ninth-inning exit

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Following a ninth-inning meltdown in which he gave up three runs without getting an out, the Houston Astros have sent former closer Ken Giles to the minors.

While his 4.99 ERA might be reason enough for the demotion, the way he left Tuesday’s game against Oakland might also have been a contributing factor.

Television replays appeared to show Giles using an expletive when manager A.J. Hinch came out to replace him in a game the Astros eventually won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Ken Giles just said “F you man” to AJ Hinch when pulled after giving up two hits and not recording an out in the 9th. Please get rid of him. pic.twitter.com/jvoVh5bI6Y

— Sam (@BootsMcGeev) July 11, 2018

In Hinch’s pregame media session on Wednesday, he declined to comment on the interaction he had with Giles the night before.

“We deal with a lot of different things behind the scenes internally as a team,” he told reporters. “Let’s keep it to baseball.”

After recording 34 saves and posting a 2.30 ERA in 2017, Giles lost his closer job during the Astros’ World Series triumph and has been inconsistent this season. Although he hasn’t officially blown a save in 12 chances — he entered Tuesday’s game with a four-run lead — the Astros have also turned to Hector Rondon (7 saves), Chris Devenski (2) and Brad Peacock (2) in save situations.

“He’s not right,” Hinch said about Giles. “We need to get him right mentally and physically to make sure he’s a good contributor to our pen.”

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2018 MLB All-Star Game starters

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C Wilson Ramos, Rays

C Wilson Ramos, Rays  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox

1B Jose Abreu, White Sox  Shanna Lockwood, USA TODAY Sports
2B Jose Altuve, Astros

2B Jose Altuve, Astros  Erik Williams, USA TODAY Sports
3B Jose Ramirez, Indians

3B Jose Ramirez, Indians  Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports
SS Manny Machado, Orioles

SS Manny Machado, Orioles  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports
OF Mike Trout, Angels

OF Mike Trout, Angels  Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports
OF Mookie Betts, Red Sox

OF Mookie Betts, Red Sox  Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports
OF Aaron Judge, Yankees

OF Aaron Judge, Yankees  Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports
DH J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

DH J.D. Martinez, Red Sox  Peter Aiken, USA TODAY Sports
C Willson Contreras, Cubs

C Willson Contreras, Cubs  Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves

1B Freddie Freeman, Braves  Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY Sports
2B Javier Baez, Cubs

2B Javier Baez, Cubs  Dennis Wierzbicki, USA TODAY Sports
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies

3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies  Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports
SS Brandon Crawford, Giants

SS Brandon Crawford, Giants  John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

OF Bryce Harper, Nationals  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers

OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers  Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports
OF Nick Markakis, Braves

OF Nick Markakis, Braves  Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY Sports

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