KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Derek Jeter was asked rather innocently whether he knew the Yankees had just gone 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position in a 2-1 loss to the Royals on June 8. “Nope,” he replied. “I do now.”Pause for a beat.“Thanks,” Jeter added with a chuckle.James Shields put most of those runners on base. He also left most of them there, the only run he allowed over six innings unearned. And when his bullpen took over, they allowed two more Yankees to get into scoring position, only to leave them stranded there.That included Ichiro Suzuki on second with the tying run in the ninth inning.“It was a game of missed opportunities,” Jeter said. “We had a lot of opportunities. Give those guys credit. We’ve seen Shields for years now and he’s as good as they come, especially with guys on base. He bears down.”The Royals have won the last seven games that Shields (7-3) has started, and he’s earned the win in four of those. The veteran right-hander may have lasted only six innings in this effort, but he out-dueled Hiroki Kuroda (4-4) while allowing only six hits to the punchless Yankees.“They’re always tough,” said Shields, who faced them for the 30th time, more than any other club. “They make good at-bats. It’s always a grind whenever you face them.”Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas drove in the runs for Kansas City. Aaron Crow escaped a jam in the seventh inning, and Wade Davis recorded the 500th strikeout of his career in a perfect eighth before Greg Holland survived a shaky ninth for his 18th save.The All-Star closer gave up a leadoff single to Suzuki and then sent him to second on a wild pitch. Holland kept his cool, retiring Brian Roberts on a fly out, pinch hitter Mark Teixeira on a groundout and then striking out Brett Gardner to end the game.“Shields battled his butt off,” Crow said. “You want to make sure he gets the win.”The Yankees failed to score more than four runs for the 10th consecutive game, though the not-so-aptly-named “Bronx Bombers” certainly had their share of chances. Not just in the ninth inning, either.New York stranded runners on first and second in the first inning. It loaded the bases with nobody out in the second and failed to score. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third with a double and was left on third base. And Roberts was stranded after a fourth-inning double.In all, 10 of the first 12 outs Shields recorded were with runners in scoring position.While the Yankees were struggling to find a clutch hit, the Royals managed to string together the only real success they had against Kuroda with two outs in the second inning.Hot-hitting Salvador Perez, who cracked a three-run homer in an 8-4 win Saturday night, got things going with a single. Cain’s base hit drove in the first run and Moustakas, in the throes of another major slump, added another single to make the score 2-0.That was all the Royals could muster against Kuroda, who had been unbeaten in his last six starts. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three in seven innings.“The biggest thing is the team lost. That’s what is disappointing,” Kuroda said through a translator, “but I was able to go seven innings and keep the team in the game.”New York finally scored in the sixth, when Yangervis Solarte hit a double and reached third base on a passed ball. Suzuki drove him in with a groundout to shortstop.But given a chance to tie the game, the Yankees kept coming up empty.Their failure in the ninth inning came after Gardner sent a triple to the wall with one out in the seventh. Crow rebounded to get Jeter on a ground out, and then struck out Ellsbury with a full-count pitch to leave the tying run 90 feet away.“The big thing is you can’t try to do too much,” Yanks Manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the big thing for me.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Shoaib Malik will not play in the second edition of the T10 League starting November 21 as he wants to spent more time with his wife and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and his newly born son Izhaan Mirza-Malik.Eight teams — Kerala Kings, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, The Karachians, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons — have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the second Season of T10 League. The event takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.Shoaib Malik was part of Punjabi Legends in the first edition of the league last year and finished the tournament as the second highest run-scorer with 191 runs from five matches.However, this year, the Punjabi Legends will be missing their batting star as Malik has decided to pull out of the tournament even though Sania Mirza thinks he “should play”.”I announce with mixed feelings that I will be not be part of @PunjabiLegends_ #T10League to spend time with my family. This was a tough decision (sp since my wife thinks I should play) but I want to be with my wife and son more than anything else. Hope you all will understand,” Malik wrote on Twitter.I announce with mixed feelings that I will be not be part of @PunjabiLegends_ #T10League to spend time with my family. This was a tough decision (sp since my wife thinks I should play) but I want to be with my wife and son more than anything else. Hope you all will understandadvertisementShoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) November 12, 2018Malik and Mirza were blessed with their son on October 30 (India time) and the father of the newly born took to social media to give the good news to their fans and well-wishers.”Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled. #BabyMirzaMalik,” Malik had tweeted.Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalikShoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) October 30, 2018On the next day, Malik had again took to Twitter to thank everyone for their wishes and revealed the name of their son.Thank you from the bottom of our heart to everyone for the wishes from Sania and I, and our families.Our son’s name is Izhaan #BabyMirzaMalik https://t.co/F7bPCnGnL6Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) October 30, 2018By the end of that week on November 3, Sania Mirza was back home from the hospital and took to social media herself to thanks all her fans for their wishes.We love you all right back !!!Love ,Sania ,Shoaib and Izhaan @realshoaibmalik #AllhamdulillahSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018She also posted a couple of pictures with two beautiful messages sharing her few says experience as a mother of a child and even watching Malik playing along with Izhaan.blessing that can be greater than this.. I finally have gotten sometime after this overwhelming feeling to get online and check the msgs and love we have received.Shoaib and I feel truly blessed and humbled with the wishes and love we have received Thank you to each one of u! pic.twitter.com/PTisH3qKUeSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018So it’s been 5 days since we came into this world .. Me as a mother and my little Izhaan as my son we’ve even watched Baba play some cricket together since we’ve arrived it truly is the biggest match ,tournament achievement I’ve ever won or had and there is no feeling or- pic.twitter.com/KRiXVNmcoxSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 3, 2018Sania married Shoaib in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on April 12, 2010. Sania at the ‘Goa Fest 2018’ earlier this year had said that their child would keep surnames of both of them.”Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza-Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family including my husband. He actually wants a daughter,” Sania had said.