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Astros manager A.J. Hinch: Ken Giles ‘wasn’t surprised’ about losing closer role


If the Astros have a lead in the ninth inning Sunday night — and likely in any remaining game in the World Series — Ken Giles will stay put in the bullpen.

Giles offered little in the way of an explanation for his struggles other than to say he’s making “crappy pitches.” At this point, the hard-throwing right-hander’s confidence appears to be as broken as anything related to his mechanics or his pitch mix.

Hinch predicted that Giles will pitch again before the World Series is over. But he wouldn’t commit to using him in the closer role again.

Giles did not pitch in Game 5 on Sunday night, a 10-inning, 13-12 Dodgers win that put them up 3-2 in the series.

A grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the 60-year-old Lawrenceville man on Tuesday, including charges of official misconduct and theft, more than a year after he was fired from the agency after the state’s investigation became public knowledge.

Bannon coached at Rutgers from 1997 through 2001, when he was fired after reports surfaced that he forced his players to strip their clothes off if they missed shots during free-throw shooting contests.

The indictment alleges Bannon ran the nonprofit Friends of Mercer County Parks on county time with county employees and used several schemes to divert funds. The Park Commission is a semi-autonomous public agency funded by the county.

Elliott was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August following a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson, his former girlfriend. The league concluded he violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.

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