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Astros closer Ken Giles got sent to the minors after cursing out his manager

For The Win logo For The Win 7/11/2018 Andrew Joseph
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The Houston Astros won Tuesday's game against the A's in ridiculous fashion, but it wasn't all smiles for the AL West leaders.

Before that crazy 11th-inning comeback, closer Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning. When manager A.J. Hinch went to the mound to pull Giles from the game, the struggling closer cursed at Hinch before leaving the field.

Come Wednesday, Giles was no longer on the big-league club. The Astros announced that they had optioned Giles down to Triple-A Fresno.

After the game, Hinch told reporters that he didn't hear what Giles said and was unsure if it was directed at him. He did say that he would address the incident.

The next day, Giles was demoted. Hinch was clearly concerned with how Giles had carried himself, saying that the closer needed to get himself right physically and mentally.

Giles has allowed 17 runs in 30.2 innings pitched this season. He posted a career-high 34 saves in 2017.

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