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Rangers' Matt Garza apologizes for Twitter rant against A's player, wife

Rangers right-hander Matt Garza met with reporters before the Rangers' clubhouse opened Sunday to address a Twitter rant from his account Saturday night aimed toward Eric Sogard, who dropped a seventh-inning squeeze bunt, and his wife, Kaycee.

Garza gave a statement but did not take questions.

"All I want to say is I let my competitive spirit cross outside the lines, and that shouldn't happen," Garza said. "I let my passion, my fire carry over, and that's not how this game should be played.

"And for that I apologize to the Sogards for anything that was said through my Twitter. That's all I have. I regret what happened, and I'm just looking forward to a great game today."

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. Garza was acquired by the Rangers on July 22 in a trade with the Chicago 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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