The Houston Astros denied a Detroit reporter access to Justin Verlander's media availability following Wednesday night's loss to the Tigers.

Detroit Free Press writer Anthony Fenech was not allowed to attend Verlander's postgame session with reporters.

Verlander refused to speak to any reporters with Fenech in attendance.

Verlander tweeted that he refused to talk to Fenech "because of his unethical behavior in the past," saying the newspaper has not engaged with him on the issue.

The Astros said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that their decision was made "after taking into consideration the past history" between Fenech and Verlander, who pitched for the Tigers from from 2005 to 2017.