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20 Matt Joyce LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 8/3/1984 | Birthplace: Tampa, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Florida Southern | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels OF Matt Joyce collects two hits in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce went 2 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI during Monday's 4-3 win over the Padres. His RBI came in the fourth inning when he singled off Tyson Ross in the fourth inning, which scored Kole Calhoun.

Joyce is 9 for 32 with five RBI over his last 11 games. During that time, he has raised his average from .144 to .176. He has also reached base in seven of his last eight games.


LF Collin Cowgill (hand) not in Angels lineup Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill, who was scratched from Sunday's lineup after injuring his hand during batting practice, is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Padres. 

X-rays were negative on Cowgill's hand, but Matt Joyce will play left for Los Angeles and hit sixth in the lineup. Carlos Perez draws the start behind the plate for the Angels and will hit seventh. 

The Angels (-140) are big favorites per VegasInsider.com. 


Collin Cowgill a late scratch from Angels' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He was replaced by Matt Joyce

Cowgill has been bothered by a sore back and was unable to complete pregame batting practice, per MLB.com.

Also, with a lefthander facing the Angels, second baseman Johnny Giavotella is out of the lineup for just the fourth time this season.

"He's been in the air a lot the last part of this little dry spell," manager Mike Scioscia said to the Orange County Register. "His game is really line drives, hard groundballs, working counts. I don't think there's pressing. I haven't seen his demeanor change or his game change. We're looking to get our offense deeper, and he’s an important guy to lengthen our lineup."

He's replaced by Taylor Featherston.


Angels' Matt Joyce in, David Freese at DH Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce is back in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Blue Jays, while third baseman David Freese is serving as the designated hitter for the third time this season.

Joyce was a late scratch on Monday but is ready to roll one day later. He said he was scratched because he thought the team was playing a night game on Monday rather than during the day, the Los Angeles Times reports. Joyce has hit just .143/.180/.219 in 105 at-bats.

Freese is getting a break from starting at third base for the third time this season. He'll be replaced at third base by Taylor Featherston, who is making his third start at the position.

The Angels are underdogs (+112) in Toronto on Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels' Matt Joyce scratched from lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Angels designated hitter Matt Joyce was scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

Marc Krauss took Joyce's place in the sixth spot of the lineup. The team did not immediately announce the reason Joyce was removed.

The Angels are slight favorites (-106) in Toronto on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels OF Matt Joyce plates three in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce made his presence felt despite having just one hit in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Joyce plated a run on a ground out in the fourth inning. He then doubled in two runs in the eighth inning off Rafael Betancourt to break the game open. He finished 1 for 4 with a strikeout and three RBI in a 5-2 victory. He is hitting .144 (14 for 97) with one home run and 10 RBI over 29 games played.


Angels' Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce return to starting lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Two Angels regulars who have been out of the starting lineup recently returned to their normal spots for Sunday's game. 

Catcher Chris Iannetta, who has started 21 games this year, returns to the lineup for just the second time in the last six games. He'll bat ninth. 

Matt Joyce returns to left field for the first time in seven games. He'll bat cleanup. 


Angels DH Matt Joyce returns to starting lineup Thursday vs. Astros


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Angels slugger Matt Joyce is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Astros. Joyce was out of the lineup each of the last two games, but returns as the designated hitter and will hit cleanup in the batting order.

Despite hitting a home run on Monday, Joyce is batting just .156 with seven strikeouts in his last 10 games. His 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI lifetime against Astros' starter Collin McHugh.

Efren Navarro gets the start in left field while Collin Cowgill is on the bench after starting the last two games for manager Mike Scioscia.


Angels OF Collin Cowgill gets rare start on Tuesday vs. Mariners


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill was in the starting lineup, batting ninth and playing left field Tuesday against the Mariners. Cowgill hasn't started a game since April 24, as he has been mainly used as a late-inning defensive replacement in recent games.

Cowgill is replacing Matt Joyce in the lineup, who has started nine straight games and has really struggled over that stretch. He will get a breather on Tuesday, but will likely be back in the lineup on Wednesday.


Angels' Joyce admits to struggling with pressure to replace Hamilton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce hit a much-needed solo home run off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the seventh inning of Monday's 3-2 loss. The home run helped lift Joyce's average to .148 through 24 games.

“Hopefully this will kickstart things,” Joyce said, per The Orange County Register. “You just hope to learn from it and figure out what’s going on earlier rather than later. It’s been a grind for me. It’s been a really tough year.”

Joyce admitted Monday he struggled to handle the pressure filling in for Josh Hamilton, who missed the start of the season due to a shoulder injury before being traded to Texas last week.

“I can’t sit here and say that I didn’t feel a lot of pressure or put a lot of pressure on myself to fill his shoes,” Joyce said. “I just want to be successful. You’re in a new place, a new environment. You have a lot of fans that have high expectations.

“It’s tough to go out there and relax sometimes. For us, it’s something that we have to learn to play with, to deal with.”


Angels' Matt Joyce knocks first home run Monday vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Mariners Monday.

Joyce answered a pair of solo home runs in the top of the seventh with one of his own in the bottom half of the inning. He was then pulled for a pinch-runner after drawing a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning with his team down one run, but the runner was caught stealing to end the game.

Joyce has hit .148/.195/.222 with one home run and seven RBI in 81 at-bats.


Angels' Joyce, Giavotella swap places in batting order Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia swapped left fielder Matt Joyce and second baseman Johnny Giavotella in the batting order for Monday's game against the Mariners. Giavotella hit sixth, while Joyce, who has just one hit in 21 career at-bats against the M's starter Felix Hernandez, is now batting seventh.

Joyce is also struggling at the plate recently. He has just four hits in his last 10 games and only one RBI. Giavotella, meanwhile, has been a bit of a sparkplug for the Angels. He's hitting .250 (8 for 32) with three RBI over his last 10 games. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce still working out of slumps


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta and outfielder Matt Joyce still haven't connected strongly at the plate this season. Joyce ripped a 400-foot bomb in Saturday's game, but much like his season so far, it didn't have enough power to get out of the park, according to the L.A. Times.

"The game is ruthless sometimes," Joyce said. "It doesn't necessarily care how well you're doing or what your numbers are, but you just have to keep showing up, man. Keep going, keep grinding, keep trying to work good at-bats and square the ball up, and hopefully things will turn around."

Iannetta hasn't seen much better results, hitting just .086 with 22 strikeouts so far this season.

"It's very frustrating. I'm hitting in the cage, doing early work, talking with coaches, teammates … everything I can possibly do to help myself, I'm doing. For whatever reason, things are off," Iannetta said.


Angels OF Matt Joyce hopes hit signals end of slump


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce saw his eight-game hitless streak come to an end Sunday with an eighth-inning single that ended an 0-for-26 skid. The right fielder, who figures to be a fixture in Los Angeles' lineup with the expected departure of Josh Hamilton, said he hopes the small start will lead to bigger things, according to the Los Angeles Times

"Sometimes it's a tough game," Joyce said. "It seems like you try everything, and you put in so much time and effort and work, it gets to be frustrating. It gets to be hard to swallow and accept it, and hard to keep showing up and grinding it out."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he will continue to stick with Joyce, who is hitting just .140 on the season. 


Angels' Grant Green starting at second base Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Angels will start Grant Green at second base Saturday, giving Johnny Giavotella just his second day off of the season, the team announced.

Green, who was called up by Los Angeles Friday, lost out on the position battle in spring training to Giavotella and is hitting .328 with four doubles and three triples in 61 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A. 

Also in the starting lineup Saturday is Matt Joyce and Drew Butera, giving Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta the day off. The Angels are currently the favorites Saturday (-160) against the Rangers.


Matt Joyce out of Angels' lineup vs. southpaw


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) With the Angels facing Texas lefthander Wandy Rodriguez on Friday, left fielder Matt Joyce is out of the starting lineup. 

Joyce has faced southpaws in just three of his 52 plate appearances this season. Collin Cowgill gets the start in left, batting seventh in the lineup. C.J. Cron is the DH, batting sixth. 

The Angels are -180 money line favorites against visiting Texas. 


Angels' Matt Joyce dropped to sixth in lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce is batting sixth for a second straight day in Thursday's matchup with the A's.

Joyce served as the team's cleanup hitter against right-handed starters over the first 13 games of the season, but he's in the No. 6 slot for the second straight day Thursday due to his offensive struggles, the Orange County Register reports.

"Right now Matt just needs to take a half step back," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We moved him down in the order. Hopefully he’ll start to find some timing and find some confidence. Right now he’s searching. His at-bats showed early on that he was he starting to come around. He’s gone the other way right now. This will just take a little pressure off him."

Joyce has hit just .152/.184/.217 with five RBI in 46 at-bats.


Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Angels left fieder Collin Cowgill is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against Athletics, with Matt Joyce heading to the bench, the team announced.

Cowgill has replaced Joyce in the lineup against left-handed pitchers and is hitting .192 with one home run in 26 at-bats. The Angels are currently the favorites (-120) against Oakland.


Matt Joyce in Angels' lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce was in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game.

Joyce had been questionable for the game after leaving Saturday's game with a sore foot. 


Angels OF Joyce removed from Saturday game with foot issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce, who has been struggling with a sore foot, was forced out of the Saturday game against Houston with the issue.

He left in the seventh inning.


Angels OF Matt Joyce dealing with sore foot


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) After fouling a ball off his foot, Angels outfielder Matt Joyce is dealing a sore right foot, reports the Orange County Register.

The sore foot was the reason Joyce is the designated hitter for Friday's game at Houston.

The Angels are the favorites (+106).


Angels OF Matt Joyce seeking to bounce back after rough start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce reached base four times and drove two runs in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Rangers. He told reporters after the game that he's hoping to get back on track from a slow start, per the Orange County Register.

"It just takes a little bit of pressure off me and a little weight off my shoulders," Joyce said. "I was trying a little too hard defensively and at the plate. Sometimes when you try too hard in baseball, it goes the other way. It was nice to come up with a big hit there and relax a little bit."

Joyce started the season with just two hits over his first 14 at-bats through his first four games. He is hitting .313 (5 for 16) with a .389 on-base percentage, and three RBI over his last four games.

"Guys who have played this game understand it's a long season," Joyce said. "You have a long way to go. You aren't going to have a great week every week. There are going to be ups and downs. It can be a rollercoaster, but you keep showing up, keep preparing, keep coming out every day to win."


Quartet of Angels make game miserable for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The heart of the Angels lineup broke the hearts of the Rangers on Wednesday.

Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Matt Joyce and David Freese combined for nine hits in 16 at-bats with five runs scored and seven RBI. Oddly, all but a Joyce double was a single, but the hits were timely. The Joyce double scored two to complete a six-run second inning.


Angels' Matt Joyce gets night off vs. LHP Jason Vargas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was given the night off against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas. It's the second time this season he's been given a game off against a southpaw. Joyce has just one hit in his first eight at-bats this season.

"He's going to do it [hit against lefties]," hitting coach Baylor said of Joyce, per the Orange County Register. "He's going to be an important factor for us, no doubt. He's got too good of a swing."

Collin Cowgill took his spot in left field and is batting eighth. Meanwhile, David Freese will bat in the cleanup spot, with C.J. Cron fifth.


Angels go with Collin Cowgill over Matt Joyce in left field Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) The Angels will start Collin Cowgill in left field Tuesday against the Mariners over Matt Joyce, per the team's starting lineup. Cowgill, who is considered a platoon with Joyce in left, will make his season debut Tuesday and bat eighth.

Cowgill, who will face left-hander James Paxton Tuesday, is a career .277 hitter against lefties with seven home runs and 27 RBI.

Manager Mike Scioscia likes what he's seen from Matt Joyce, but wants to play the matchups a bit, reports MLB.com.

"Matt will get his chance to play versus some lefties at times, and at times, we're going to match up," Scioscia said. "The one thing with Matt -- when he's swinging the bat well, you don't just want to automatically take him out because of a left-hander."