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Matt Joyce | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/3/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Matt Joyce went 5-for-6 with a double, two home runs, and four RBI in Sunday's win over the Orioles.
A career day for Joyce, who notched five hits in a game for the first time in his career, and blasted two home runs in a game for only the third time. Joyce, who has faced right-handed pitching almost exclusively, is slashing .274/.360/.425 with five home runs and 33 RBI on the season. Jun 29 - 5:32 PM

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Matt Joyce went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Orioles on Tuesday.

Joyce doubled off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and scored in the fifth inning, and he also added a single in the game. Joyce has hits in five straight games to bring his average up to .270, but he's still sitting on three home runs for the year. The 29-year-old is on pace for his lowest home run output of any full season in his career.
Jun 18 - 12:09 AM

Matt Joyce went 1-for-2 with a two-run double and two walks against the Astros on Friday.

Progress? Joyce has three RBI over his last two games after collecting just one RBI over his previous 12 games. Still, the 29-year-old hasn't homered since May 11 and has just three on the year so far. It's tough to have much enthusiasm for him in mixed leagues right now.
Jun 14 - 12:27 AM

Matt Joyce went 3-for-3 with a double before being removed for a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Marlins.

Joyce had a nice game against a pitch in Tom Koehler who had dominated left-handed hitters this season, but he was pulled when it came time for him to face a lefty. He broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with the performance and pushed his average back up to .273. Unfortunately, his power has been surprisingly absent, with no homers since May 11 and just three all season. It leaves him with very little mixed-league value.
Jun 4 - 10:40 PM

Matt Joyce went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The Rays weren't able to muster much offense against Liam Hendriks and the Jays' bullpen despite Joyce's best efforts. Joyce has been productive for the Rays, slashing .281/.378/.411, facing right-handed pitching in an overwhelming percentage of his 180 plate appearances.
May 28 - 10:37 PM

Matt Joyce went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Joyce's home run in the first inning was his third of the season. He also singled in a run in the fourth inning. The outfielder has enjoyed a productive season despite the drop in power, batting .287/.388/.446 in 36 games.
May 11 - 6:59 PM

Matt Joyce drew five walks and had an RBI in Friday's loss to the White Sox.

One of them was with the bases loaded. Joyce is the first American League hitter to draw five unintentional walks in a game since Alex Rodriguez did it with the Mariners in 2000.
Apr 26 - 1:07 AM

Matt Joyce went 2-for-5 with two RBI in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Joyce had two of the Rays' 12 hits on the day, and his two-run double in the fourth inning capped the scoring. The runs batted in gave him 10 RBI for the year. He's been hot to start the year, batting .347/.452/.571 while cycling between the outfield and DH.
Apr 22 - 10:15 PM

Matt Joyce belted his second home run of the season, helping to power the Rays to a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Friday.

Joyce, hitting in the third slot in Joe Maddon’s lineup, launched a Johnny Cueto offering over the wall in right to increase the Rays advantage to 2-0 in the third inning. He finished the evening 2-for-3 and is now slashing a scorching .423/.529/.731 with two homers and seven RBI on the young season.
Apr 11 - 10:39 PM

Matt Joyce smacked a two-run homer in the Rays' win over the Rangers on Saturday in Tampa Bay.

The Rays were down 4-1 when Joyce hit his two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. He added a single in the bottom of the seventh and is now 7-for-13 (.538) through five games played on the young season.
Apr 5 - 10:43 PM

Matt Joyce batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Wednesday's game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon is nothing if not unpredictable, so it remains to be seen whether Joyce in the leadoff spot is something we could see during the regular season or if it was just a spring experiment. Either way, Joyce made the most of it, bunting for a single and scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first inning before knocking a more traditional single and scoring on a base hit in the fifth. The left-handed hitter is likely to be the Rays' primary designated hitter this season.
Mar 26 - 10:25 PM

Matt Joyce went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Felix Doubront in the Rays' 9-2 drubbing of the Red Sox on Sunday.

Joyce wouldn't have been starting against the lefty in a regular-season game, but it didn't stop him from having the nice game today. The homer was his second in 40 at-bats this spring.
Mar 23 - 5:48 PM

Matt Joyce (neck) returned to the Rays lineup on Sunday.

He missed three games with a stiff neck. The 29-year-old is hitting .222/.263/.361 with a homer and four RBI in 36 Grapefruit League at-bats. He slashed .235/.328/.419 with 18 homers, 61 runs scored and seven steals over 413 at-bats in 2013 despite dropping off in the second half.
Mar 23 - 9:03 AM

Matt Joyce (neck) could return to the Rays lineup on Saturday.

He's been sidelined since Wednesday due to stiffness in his neck, but said Saturday that he's feeling much improved. The 29-year-old is hitting .222/.263/.361 with a homer and four RBI in 36 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Mar 22 - 8:57 AM

Matt Joyce (neck) is hoping to return on Friday.

Joyce was pulled from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing stiffness in his neck and acknowledged to reporters on Thursday that he still feels sore. He should be fine by the start of the regular season.
Mar 20 - 2:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Cole Figueroa
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jake Odorizzi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Juan Carlos Oviedo
5Brad Boxberger
6Cesar Ramos
7Kirby Yates
8Erik Bedard
9Jeff Beliveau