Time to snap

The old bromide your mother told you was to count to 10 before saying something that you might later regret.

But in Jose Guillen's case, once the Kansas City Royals' losing streak got to 10 - games, that is - it was time to yell, scream, and utter multiple familiar obscenities.

"How does this happen?" Guillen, the Royals' leftfielder, said in the Kansas City Star. "You tell me, how does this happen? Too many babies in here. They don't know how to play the game and how to win games. That's the problem here.

"Now I know why this organization has been losing for a while. Now I know. It doesn't have anything to do with our manager [Trey Hillman]. He cares more than anyone."

The Royals entered the ninth inning with an 8-3 lead Wednesday night over Minnesota, but the Twins tied it and won the game in the 10th.

"We're going to teach them the hard way or we're going to teach them the easy way," Guillen said. "But things are going to change here. I can tell you that. I can promise you that. Soon."

It's Joba's time

It's difficult to tell what has people in New York more excited - the premiere of the

Sex and the City

movie or the first career start of Yankees fireballer Joba Chamberlain.

After throwing 28 pitches in a 11/3-inning relief appearance Wednesday night against Baltimore, Chamberlain sprinted to the bullpen and tossed another 27, a sign that indicates he might get the call next week.

The Yankees have an opening for a starter because Ian Kennedy is on the disabled list, and that could mean Chamberlain's number being called on Tuesday against Toronto.

"We're going to have to talk about it over the off day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's something that will be under discussion."

Chamberlain would only utter the company line: "We're going to take it day-by-day."

The empty-seat blues

We woke up yesterday with Tampa Bay sharing the best record in the major leagues (32-21) with the Chicago Cubs, but having attracted a home crowd of just 10,927 the night before.

The lack of attendance has plenty of folks in the Tampa, Fla., area puzzled, including St. Petersburg Times columnist Gary Shelton.

"Baseball hasn't seen a team this interesting in years, and around here, no one seems interested," Shelton wrote.

"At 32-21, shouldn't there be a bandwagon? And if so, shouldn't a few more seats be occupied?"

Home on the road

With his win Wednesday night in Baltimore, Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte improved his career record at Camden Yards to 15-4, more than twice as many wins as any other visiting pitcher in the ballpark's history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Contact staff writer Joe Juliano at 215-854-4494