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Top Matt Vierling News

  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Favorite to start at third base

    Vierling is the favorite to serve as the Tigers' starting third baseman to begin the 2024 season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Vierling was traded from Philadelphia to Detroit last offseason, and he played at third base in 35 of his 134 games during the 2023 campaign. Overall, he slashed .261/.329/.388 with 10 homers, 63 runs, 44 RBI and six steals and should have a chance to earn regular playing time at the hot corner early in 2024. If Vierling struggles as the starting third baseman, the Tigers could turn to Zach McKinstry, Colt Keith, Tyler Nevin or Andy Ibanez at some point.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Posts big line in season finale

    Vierling went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Guardians.

    Vierling finished his first season in Detroit on a positive note, blasting his 10th home run and recording his 20th and 21st doubles. The versatile 26-year-old ended up playing in 134 games, seeing his most regular run in right field, though he also played in left, center and at third base. Vierling figures to have a similar role in 2024, with his versatility carrying more value for his MLB team than for fantasy managers, though he could be an option in deeper leagues if the playing time is there.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Two hits, two RBI in win

    Vierling went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and one run scored in Thursday's 7-3 victory over the Royals.

    Vierling struck out in two of his first three trips to the plate before driving in two runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 3-3. He later added a triple but was left stranded, giving him his fifth multi-hit game this month. Even with the two-hit performance, the right fielder is still batting just .247 (20-for-81) in September with two homers, 11 RBI and 18 runs scored.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first career grand slam

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a grand slam, a walk, a second run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Reds.

    Vierling was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat and ended up coming around to score Detroit's first run of the game after stealing second. He later homered with the bases full in the bottom of the eighth to extend the Tigers' lead to seven runs, marking the first grand slam of his major-league career. He is up to nine home runs this season, which is one more than his total across his first two years in the league with the Phillies. He's batting .375 in September with two homers, seven RBI and 12 runs scored, while the stolen base was his first since July 4.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits grand slam Thursday

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a walk, a grand slam and a second run scored in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Vierling waited for the eighth inning to hit his grand slam, but it broke open what had been a 4-1 game. The utility player is up to nine home runs this season, which is one more than his total across his first two years in the league with the Phillies. Vierling hasn't been a great fantasy asset this season, though he should continue to see regular playing time down the stretch.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Goes deep in win

    Vierling went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Vierling extended his hitting streak to five games, with his last two contests both being multi-hit efforts. That's pushed his season average up to a solid .270 to go along with eight home runs and 33 RBI. The versatile Vierling should remain a regular in Detroit's lineup down the stretch, primarily at third base, though he can play in the outfield some too.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Back in action

    Vierling (upper body) will bat fifth and play third base Saturday against the White Sox.

    Vierling left Thursday's game against the Yankees with an upper-body injury and sat out Friday's series opener against Chicago, but the injury evidently wasn't particularly serious. He went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles prior to his exit Thursday but hit .188/.278/.188 over the previous 15 games.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Absent from lineup

    Vierling (upper body) is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the White Sox.

    Vierling suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday's win over the Yankees, although it's possible he wasn't going to start this one anyway with the White Sox sending righty Mike Clevinger to the mound. Akil Baddoo, Parker Meadows and Kerry Carpenter will man the outfield for Detroit.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Exits with injury

    Vierling exited Thursday's game against the Yankees with an apparent upper-body injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Vierling had a productive game prior to his exit, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. The exact nature of the injury is unclear, though he appeared to jam his shoulder diving into first base on a pickoff attempt in the eighth inning.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Vierling is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

    Vierling has a hit in five of his past six games but has just a .694 OPS during that stretch, and he'll take a seat for Tuesday's matchup in New York. Andre Lipcius will handle the hot corner and bat sixth against Gerrit Cole.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sits amid slump

    Vierling is not in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Vierling is hitting .182 with two runs and one RBI over his last 10 games. Recent call-up Andre Lipcius gets the start at third base while batting sixth.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sitting out Thursday

    Vierling is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Yankees.

    Vierling had started each of the last three contests and 10 of the last 11, but he'll begin the series finale on the bench. With Vierling sitting out, Zach McKinstry will occupy third base.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Getting Sunday off

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

    Vierling will hit the bench after he started in each of the past seven games while going 3-for-26 with three walks against 11 strikeouts. With Vierling and Akil Baddoo getting Sunday off, Andy Ibanez and Miguel Cabrera will enter the Detroit lineup at second base and designated hitter, respectively.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sitting out second game

    Vierling is not in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader versus the Guardians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Vierling reached base twice as the Tigers took the first game of the double dip, but he'll begin the nightcap on the bench. Akil Baddoo, Zach McKinstry and Kerry Carpenter will man Detroit's outfield.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Three hits, triple in win

    Vierling went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's victory over the Twins.

    Vierling's been swinging a hot bat of late -- he's now hit safely in six straight games while going 14-for-41 (.341) over his last 10 contests. The 26-year-old Vierling has seen regular playing time with the Tigers this season, and he's been making the most of it. His slash line is up to .272/.330/.394 with seven homers, 37 runs scored, 27 RBI and five steals across 348 plate appearances this season.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Taking seat Tuesday

    Vierling is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

    The Tigers are opting to use Kerry Carpenter in right field and Miguel Cabrera at designated hitter versus right-hander Sonny Gray. Vierling has actually hit righties better than lefties this season, but nearly all his days off have come when Detroit has faced a right-handed starting pitcher.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Out of lineup Saturday

    Vierling isn't in Detroit's lineup Saturday against Miami.

    Vierling will catch a breather Saturday after going 2-for-5 during Friday's series opener. His absence will allow Kerry Carpenter to start in right field while Miguel Cabrera serves as the Tigers' DH.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Takes seat Monday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.

    Vierling will head to the bench for Monday's make-up game after he started in all three of the Tigers' contests with the Padres over the weekend while going a collective 2-for-12 at the dish. While Vierling rests, Kerry Carpenter will pick up a start in right field and Miguel Cabrera will enter the lineup at designated hitter.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sitting out Saturday

    Vierling isn't in the Tigers' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Vierling is 0-for-8 across his last three games, so he'll get a day off Saturday to regroup. Akil Baddoo, Riley Greene and Kerry Carpenter will man Detroit's outfield from left to right Saturday, and Miguel Cabrera will serve as the Tigers' designated hitter.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Not starting Sunday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Blue Jays.

    Vierling started the past nine games and will receive a day off after he hit .364/.432/.485 during that span. Kerry Carpenter will man right field while Miguel Cabrera serves as the designated hitter.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Age: 27
School: Notre Dame
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R