Asked about the comments from his ex-teammate, Hamilton smiled and said: "At least I won't be the only villain in Texas now."
A few hours later, Hamilton tweeted what appeared to be a playful nudge at Kinsler, writing: Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it @IKinsler3?
Hamilton wasn't surprised by Kinsler's comments.
"He's very competitive," Hamilton said of his teammate from 2008-12.
Asked from Tigers camp about his comments, which were published online Tuesday morning, Kinsler said "the story was written for drama and taken a little out of context, but it is what it is, and I really don't have anything else to say besides that."
"He's his own man," Hamilton said. "He can speak how he wants to speak."
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