Is he the cinch after the clinch?

With two more hits in Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Royals, is Miguel Cabrera a shoo-in now for the Triple Crown? Not quite.

Yes, he's hitting .331 — and with 205 hits, 40 doubles, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, Cabrera and Lou Gehrig are now the only major leaguers ever to achieve such lofty levels in a major-league season.

But there's still a game to go.

And there are a lot of home run hitters still taking swings out there.

So unlike the division crown, the Triple Crown hasn't yet to be clinched.

And as much as it looks like Cabrera is a cinch to win it, home runs are still too close to call.

The Tigers' game was close, too — if you care.

Games that are played by a team that's clinched, and knows when and where it will be playing, are, to put it mildly, anti-climactic.

It mattered to Doug Fister to pitch well in his final start of the regular season, of course, but unlike his last time out against the Royals, in which he struck out an American League record nine in a row, Fister fanned only two in 4 1/3 innings while allowing three runs on seven hits.

It wasn't a bad start, by any means. The Royals didn't pummel Fister.

They've not roughed up the Tigers to the tune more than four runs, in fact, since losing to them 9-8 on Aug. 28.

Neither team started the kind of lineup they would have in midseason, however.

For the Tigers, Austin Jackson didn't start. Neither did Omar Infante (although he got in the game at third when Cabrera came out), nor Jhonny Peralta.

The Royals were without Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer.