Astros reliever gives heated comments after Texas' walk-off win
By Ryan Posner
ARLINGTON -- In eight seasons with the Rangers, Elvis Andrus said he couldn't remember a single time when an opposing player's quote was displayed in the clubhouse as "bulletin board" material. That changed Tuesday.
After giving up the game-winning double to Rougned Odor Monday night, Astros right-hander Ken Giles made some controversial remarks that included him saying, "We have more talent than this team does. ... We're going to go out there tomorrow and just put them to the ground."
The Rangers had the entirety of Giles' comments displayed on a video board in their clubhouse prior to Tuesday's game.
"They talk that way against another team that's pretty much playing better than your team, I think the best idea would be to kind of shut up and play and try to beat [us]," Andrus said. "I don't know if he's trying to motivate his team or something like that, but there's not too much I can say. I'm not in that clubhouse. I just worry about our clubhouse."
"In the heat of the moment, he said some things he maybe woke up the next morning and regretted, you never know," Rangers closer Sam Dyson said.
Giles stood by his comments but is ready to move on.
"Whatever they need to do, they can do. It doesn't concern me what they want to do," he said.
The Astros have lost all seven meetings with the Rangers this season and 11 in a row dating back to last year. The Rangers entered Tuesday's action with the best record in the American League (35-22) and a four-game lead over Seattle in the AL West. The Astros were eight games back at 28-31.
"To be quite honest, they don't need any bulletin-board material the way they've played against us," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "If we don't like it, we've got to play better and find a way to score one more than they do."
Rangers manager Jeff Banister wouldn't reveal who put the quote up, but he didn't seem caught off guard by the comments.
"He's a highly competitive individual who goes out and competes every single night," he said. "There are certain things that happen on the field and sometimes guys are unhappy, and sometimes they're happy. They get interviewed and things get said."
Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.