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Astros send reliever Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno

Former Phillie Ken Giles demoted after cursing at Astros manager Astros send reliever Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno
Shannon Reynolds | 12 July, 2018, 04:36

As manager AJ Hinch came to the mound to remove him, Giles appeared to curse Hinch out, saying, "F- you man".

The right-hander allowed three runs without recording an out in Houston's 6-5, extra-inning victory against Oakland on Tuesday.

After serving as the closer on the Astros' World Series-winning team a year ago, Giles has struggled mightily in 2018.

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After the game, Hinch told reporters that he didn't hear what Giles said and was unsure if it was directed at him. I'll have to look at it. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season". The late reliever that the Phillies traded in 2015 for a package that included Vince Velasquez had given up 36 hits and 17 earned runs over 30 2/3 innings this season with a 4.99 ERA. He punched himself in the face after another bad outing.

Giles' demotion could ultimately lead to a departure from the club if his relationship with Hinch has reached the point of no return. He was given the game with a 4-0 Astros lead.

Between those two games and the one Tuesday, Giles allowed 10 earned runs while tallying one out.

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