Will he play? Or should he sit?

Prior to Tuesday's game, manager Jim Leyland said, without any hesitation, Miguel Cabrera would start the final game of the regular season.

"He's going to play third," Leyland said.

A few hours later, his commitment to play Cabrera sounded about as surefire as most high school relationships.

"I'm not really sure at this time," he said. "No matter what I do, I'm going to be wrong in the eyes of some people and right in the eyes of others."

Cabrera inched even closer to baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years Tuesday night in an otherwise meaningless game that had no playoff implications.

The game featured a handful of highlight-reel plays from Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and a less-than-mediocre outing from right-hander Doug Fister.

But that was the farthest thing from anyone's minds.

Cabrera was the story. And, he'll most certainly be the story again tonight when it'll finally be determined if his legendary season has earned him a spot in the record books.

It's become such a captivating story that ESPN plans to interrupt its regular programming to televise his at-bats in Kansas City.

That is, if he actually plays.

"I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet," Leyland said, immediately following his team's 4-2 loss to the Royals.