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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Heading to bench Monday

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

    Though he's served as the Tigers' primary third baseman while Gio Urshela (hamstring) has been on the injured list, Vierling will begin Monday's game on the bench while Zach McKinstry receives a turn at the hot corner. Urshela appears likely to return from the IL later this week, so Vierling could soon be headed to a part-time or short-side platoon role.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Provides offense Friday

    Vierling went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

    Vierling's third-inning double put Detroit up 2-0, but the Tigers stagnated from there. The 27-year-old got the start at third base in this one, which is where he's seen most of his time lately with Gio Urshela (hamstring) on the injured list. Urshela recently began a rehab assignment, however, and his eventual return could push Vierling back to more of a utility role.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Heading to bench Wednesday

    Vierling is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    After starting each of the last four games, Vierling will move to the bench to open up third base for Zach McKinstry. Vierling owns an .879 OPS over his last 10 games and should hang on to a near-everyday role at the hot corner until Gio Urshela (hamstring) returns from the injured list.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Has big game Wednesday

    Vierling went 2-for-3 with a home run, an additional run scored and three total RBI in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

    Vierling connected for a two-run shot in the third inning, his third home run of the season, then drove in another run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The 27-year-old has been seeing regular time at third base with Gio Urshela (hamstring) out, and Vierling has responded with a solid .282 average and .758 OPS, giving him decent short-term fantasy value.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Won't start Saturday

    Vierling is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Vierling has started in each of the Tigers' last six games, going 6-for-21 with three runs, one double and one triple over that span. Against Royals right-hander Brady Singer, the Tigers will start lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry at third base.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Triples in Wednesday's loss

    Vierling went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Rays.

    With Gio Urshela (hamstring) and Andy Ibanez (hamstring) both on the injured list, Vierling has been seeing regular time at third base recently. He's now batting a solid .273, and the 27-year-old will retain some fantasy value as long he's starting most days. It remains to be seen what the Tigers will do when Urshela or Ibanez returns, though Vierling will likely shift into a utility role, as he's capable of playing in the outfield as well as at the hot corner.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Getting regular work at hot corner

    Vierling will start at third base and bat fifth Monday against the Rays.

    Vierling will pick up his third straight start at the hot corner after going 2-for-7 with a walk and a run scored in the Tigers' final two games of the weekend against the Twins. With Gio Urshela (hamstring) recently joining Andy Ibanez (hamstring) on the shelf, Vierling looks poised to get regular action at third base until one of the two injured players is activated.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Back to bench Saturday

    Vierling is not in Saturday's starting lineup against the Athletics.

    Vierling got the start Friday against left-hander JP Sears and finished the game 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Against Athletics right-hander Paul Blackburn on Saturday, the Tigers have shifted Mark Canha to right field, while Kerry Carpenter starts at DH.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first 2024 home run

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the A's.

    Vierling batted leadoff for the Tigers and managed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. The utility player got the start with lefty JP Sears on the mound for Oakland, but he's still mostly a reserve option at this point, which limits his fantasy upside. That could change if Vierling is able to earn more regular playing time at some point, as he batted a respectable .261 with 10 home runs across 134 games in 2023.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Scores run off bench Sunday

    Vierling entered Sunday's game against the White Sox as a pinch runner in the top of the ninth inning, scoring on Andy Ibanez's single.

    Vierling stayed in the game to play center field for the bottom of the ninth. After receiving the Opening Day nod in right field against lefty Garrett Crochet, Vierling was on the bench for the final two games of the series against right-handers Michael Soroka and Erick Fedde. There was some talk in spring training that Vierling could be in the mix at third base, but Ibanez, Gio Urshela and Zach McKinstry all appear ahead of him at the hot corner, meaning Vierling will likely continue to operate mostly as a short-side platoon outfielder.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Remains in mix for third base job

    Vierling remains in competition with Gio Urshela for the Tigers' third base job, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Tuesday's game against the Phillies that "It's still very competitive who's going to get the reps at third base." Zach McKinstry and Andy Ibanez are also in the mix at the hot corner, but it's expected to come down to Urshela or Vierling. Urshela has played the most third base for Detroit this spring, but Vierling is starting there Wednesday and will handle the position two of the next three games, as well.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Hits first spring home run

    Vierling went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

    Vierling connected for his first home run in Grapefruit League play, and it's mostly been a struggle this spring, as he's batting just .160 across 11 games. The versatile 27-year-old may have to settle for a bench role this year with Gio Urshela around to play third base, which would cut into Vierling's fantasy value.

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  • Tigers' Matt Vierling: Could be pushed into bench role

    With the Tigers adding Gio Urshela toward the end of February, Vierling may have to settle for a bench role at the start of the season, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    The veteran Urshela can fill in at other infield positions, though his most comfortable spot is third base. That could push Vierling into more of a utility role off the bench, with Spencer Torkelson, Colt Keith and Javier Baez likely locked into the other starting jobs. Vierling saw ample playing time for the Tigers in 2023 and showed some promise, finishing with a .717 OPS and 10 home runs across 134 games, but his fantasy appeal is minimal if he's not starting regularly.

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  • 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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Player Bio

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