ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter joked around the batting cage before the game at Angel Stadium, wondering which old guy would be the last to hit his first homer of the season.Even Roberts was a bit surprised to beat the captain in that competition, and he did it at a key moment for the New York Yankees.Roberts hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the ninth inning, and the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on May 6 for just their second victory in seven games.Roberts connected with two outs against Ernesto Frieri (0-3), putting his first homer with his new club into the elevated right field stands. After the game, the ball was nestled in the locker of the longtime Baltimore infielder.“Never hit a homer in any other uniform, so I’ll take it home,” said Roberts, who also had an early RBI single. “I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable. Sometimes, some things just click. It’s been nice to get something going a little bit.”After a slow start in pinstripes, Roberts is steadily improving at the plate, according to Manager Joe Girardi. The Yankees’ unassuming replacement for second baseman Robinson Cano now has the same number of homers as Cano has hit for the Seattle Mariners this season.Alfonso Soriano had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, and David Robertson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in an all-around encouraging effort by the Yankees.Hiroki Kuroda had his longest and best start of the season, allowing just one earned run and not walking a batter while striking out eight in 7 2-3 innings. The Japanese right-hander is winless in four starts, but he largely shut down the Angels.“When Kuroda pitched the way he did, you need to win those games,” Roberts said.Mike Trout tripled and scored the tying run on Albert Pujols’ two-out single off Shawn Kelley (1-2) in the eighth inning for the Angels, who had won five of seven on their nine-game homestand.Erick Aybar and Trout drove in runs with consecutive sacrifice flies in the third inning for the Angels, but their combustible bullpen let them down again after eight solid innings by C.J. Wilson.Frieri had been pitching well since losing his job as the Angels’ closer, and Manager Mike Scioscia isn’t discouraged.“(Frieri) just made one mistake tonight,” Scioscia said. “He just yanked one pitch to Roberts, but give Roberts credit. He was ready for it.”The Angels couldn’t reward Wilson, who yielded seven hits and struck out five in just his second non-winning start since April 1.Wilson hit Jeter with a pitch to open the eighth, and Carlos Beltran’s seeing-eye grounder up the middle sent Jeter to third. Jeter was tagged out after Mark Teixeira’s grounder, but Soriano’s single to left easily scored Beltran.“This is a lineup that typically goes up there and swings for damage,” Wilson said of the Yankees. “But today they made a concerted effort to put the ball in play and make contact. I didn’t have a lot of strikeouts because they were just fighting pitches off and stuff. They did a really good job of that.”Trout snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a two-out triple off the top of the right-field wall in the eighth, barely missing a tying homer. Trout has never gone more than 14 at-bats without a hit in his major league career, but he had something close to a slump when he struck out on a pitch in the dirt to end the fifth, stranding two runners.“We all know how good a hitter he is,” Kuroda said through a translator. “At that moment (in the eighth), I tried to just attack him and see how it goes. I don’t feel bad about it.”The hit chased Kuroda, and Pujols worked a full count from Kelley before delivering a clean single to left-center.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Celebrated Filipino documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, who has been travelling to several Asian cities to capture the lives of migrant domestic workers, says that Asians are quite influenced by the colonial culture, and to find their voice and reclaim their space, they need to de-colonise their minds. “I think it is important to de-colonise our minds to find our voice in the cultural space. We Asians are highly influenced by western culture and that should be stopped. We have to reclaim our space and tell our own stories to find our voice,” said Xyza. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe photographer has travelled to more than 18 states in the United States of America and several cities in Asian countries including India. She was in Bhutan to attend the Mountain Echoes 2019 festival and talked about her new book titled ‘We Are Like Air’. The book shares the story of her personal journey from a 19-year-old domestic help to a celebrated photographer, who in 2016 became a recipient of grants from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMountain Echoes is a festival of arts, literature, and culture that completed a decade this year is organised by India Bhutan Foundation and graced by The Royal patron Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Xyza found Bhutan to be very peaceful and seemed impressed by its happy people. “I also liked their traditional dress and food,” she shared. Asked about when and how she discovered photography, Xyza said: “I felt it when I shared my holiday pictures with my mother. I became the eye for her to view the world because all her life she just worked and never got a chance to travel the world. From there I started photographing street people, labourers and domestic workers – a world I knew. I started telling their stories and they got a chance to share their lives through my pictures,” she shared. Being a photographer who creates awareness on labour migration and human rights, what does she have to say of the ongoing global conversation on gender equality and changing social scenario of women? “I think people are more careful with their words and thoughts when it comes to stereotyping women now. That is surely happening because of the constant conversation that is taking places, though not really a lot of action. There is still a lot that is needed to be done. There is casual sexism in the way we talk to women and treat them, and it will not go away overnight,” she said. “Pay parity is there in the professional world based on gender. It is among things that should be brought into notice,” she added. Her book shares the story of her mother who was also a migrant domestic help. It left an impact on their relationship. “The book healed me, and I built a stronger bond with my mother. I rebuilt a good relationship with my parents and family that was otherwise going away. Sometimes, we do not communicate with our parents to let them know how much we love them. Through this book, I conveyed my emotions better,” she revealed. Did she ever faced negative attitude from the elite class because of her original financial background? “I did get that ‘look’ from those people who are not so kind, but you see I am so lucky get the opportunity that I have got, coming from that background. I really do not bother by those un-kind people because there are thousands out there who draw inspiration from my journey,” Xyza replied. Success, however, has not changed equations at home. “My mother still asks me to go to the grocer’s to buy stuff. We are as basic as that,” she said. What change did money bring in her life? “(It has brought) comfort. Now I can travel comfortably to many parts of the world because of my profession. I can also take my father along whenever possible because he loves travelling. I can give my parents a lifestyle that they deserve because they really worked hard to survive poverty,” she concluded.