Kansas City Royals defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

KANSAS CITY - Joe Girardi wasn't sure what to expect from Joba Chamberlain at the start of Sunday's game, especially since the hard-throwing righthander hadn't thrown a competitive pitch in a week.

But when Chamberlain came out firing strikes against the Royals - eight of them in a 10-pitch first inning - Girardi figured the Yankees were going to have a good day. "He came out in the first inning and went pow-pow-pow, strike-strike-strike," Girardi said. "When you have t...

KANSAS CITY - The irony wasn't lost on Joba Chamberlain after he watched his bullpen fall apart Sunday in the eighth inning, the very frame he dominated before joining the starting rotation.

Instead of having a lockdown presence in the eighth that he once provided for the Bombers, Chamberlain sat idly by as Jose Veras and Phil Coke coughed up a one-run lead in the eighth, pushing the Royals past the Yankees, 6-4, to snap the Yankees' three-game winning streak.

"There...