Ten games in the 2012 season that could have changed the Royals' fate from a third-place finish to a contender. In order:
April 11: A's 5, Royals 4, 12 innings: This was the crusher that launched the Royals' 12-game losing streak, stunning fans and burying the Royals. The Royals had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th and seemed primed to return home with a successful 4-2 road trip. But an error, two walks by closer Jonathan Broxton, and then, two hit batters forced in the winning run. An absolute bizarre finish.
April 14: Indians 11, Royals 9, 10 innings: The Royals came storming back from a 9-2 deficit and tied the game 9-9, only to lose when then shaky Greg Holland coughed up two runs in the 10th. A win here would have snuffed out the 12-game losing streak in its infancy and possibly changed momentum.
April 18, Tigers 4, Royals 3: This one stung because the Royals held a 3-1 lead midway through before falling behind 4-3. The Royals had a chance to pull out some dramatics in ...