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Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles is sticking to his criticism of his former team, the Houston Astros, a position that has drawn a rebuttal from Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

Giles on Monday expressed frustration with a lack of communication with the Astros staff during his two and a half seasons in Houston.

“I’m getting thrown out there like I didn’t know what was going on,” Giles said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “It keeps me out of the loop a little bit. I wasn’t told some information that I probably needed to know, instead just going into the dark out there without knowing what I needed to prepare for. … It’s a shame. I enjoyed my teammates there, we did a lot of great memories there, and I was very blessed to be with those guys and got to learn from those guys.”

Giles’ comments followed an article in the Toronto Star published Sunday in which the closer said he “felt trapped” in Houston prior to the trade-deadline deal that sent him to Toronto.

“I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston,” Giles told the Star. “It’s kind

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