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August 04, 2013

Twitter tirade from Rangers' Matt Garza's account attacks A's player, wife

Matt Garza's displeasure with Eric Sogard over his seventh-inning squeeze bunt Saturday afternoon apparently spilled over onto Twitter as the right-hander attacked Sogard and the A's infielder's wife, Kaycee. A string of messages from the Garza account @Gdueceswild slammed Sogard after @Kayceesogard posted a message about her husband and Garza after he had cursed at him following the squeeze play. Garza, or someone with access to his account, blasted Sogard for allowing his wife to defend him. In the rant, Sogard is called a "punk" and "childish" for letting his wife interject, and is reminded on two occasions that baseball is a "Mans game." The Sogards are also called "chumps" and Kaycee is told to keep her "trap shut." Posted later on Garza's account was a message saying that his competitive nature had gotten the best of him, leading to the rant. The A's beat the Rangers 4-2, using three sacrifice bunts to help hand Garza his first loss since June 11. He was acquired July 22 in a trade with the Cubs. This is the second time in the past year that a Rangers player has been involved with a Twitter issue. Derek Holland said that his account was hacked in September when a message containing a gay slur was posted in response to a critical fan. Holland was on the bench during a game at the time of the post, and he cooperated fully with Major League Baseball's investigation. -- Jeff Wilson

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