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20 Matt Joyce LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 8/3/1984 | Birthplace: Tampa, FL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Florida Southern | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 29/21 | Average Draft Position: 281.46
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Matt Joyce sitting out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is not in the team's lineup Thursday.

Joyce will be spelled by Logan Forsythe, who will play left field. Brandon Guyer will play center field. Joyce is hitting .333 in 36 at-bats. 


Matt Joyce collects sixth RBI in loss to Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce drove in a run in a pinch-hit appearance Monday night against the Royals in Kansas City.

Joyce came in for Sean Rodriguez with a runner on second in the final frame. He singled in a run off closer Greg Holland in his only at-bat of the night. He is hitting .444 (8 for 18) with one home run and six RBI in eight appearances.

Rays announce opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Rays left fielder David DeJesus will be the team's leadoff hitter for Monday's season opener against the Blue Jays. He will be followed by right fielder Wil Myers, second baseman Ben Zobrist, third baseman Evan Longoria, first baseman James Loney, center fielder Desmond Jennings, DH Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Molina and shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Matt Joyce makes return to Rays lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce was back in the spring lineup Sunday against the Red Sox after missing a few days due to neck stiffness. Joyce is batting .222 (8 for 36) with one home run, two doubles and four RBI in 14 spring games.

Matt Joyce hopes to be back in lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce, who left Wednesday's spring game due to neck stiffness, said he was still sore Thursday, per the Tampa Bay Times. Joyce said he has limited range of motion, but he hopes to play Friday after getting treatment Thursday.

Matt Joyce removed from game with neck stiffness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Rays outfielder/desginated hitter Matt Joyce left the game Wednesday against Baltimore with a stiff neck. Details have yet to be reported.

Report: O's still interested in Ike Davis; Rays no longer in mix


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) The Orioles remain in the market for a designated hitter and still have interest in Mets first baseman Ike Davis to potentially fill that role, according to the New York Post.

However, one team that appears to be no longer interested in trading for Davis are the Rays. The Mets and Rays were working around a Davis-Matt Joyce swap, but the Mets didn't want to do a one-for-one deal. The Rays then ended up re-signing James Loney to play first base and now Joyce will serve as an outfielder/DH.


It's DH or bust for Matt Joyce


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2014) Matt Joyce has accepted that he must serve as a designated hitter to maximize playing time with the Rays this season, per MLB.com.

"Everybody knows where I set, where I stand, how I feel about everything, but none of that matters," he said. "At the end of the day, the team wants to win, and they're going to do what's best for the team. ... I'm going to do whatever in takes to make the team win and be successful."

The Rays outfield appears set with David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and wunderkind Wil Myers left to right.


Matt Joyce hopes added weight will lead to more home runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce said he has gone up 20 pounds in hopes the additional weight will lead to increased power and keep him stronger throughout the season, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"I think that in itself is going to help," said Joyce, who hit 14 homers through mid-June and only four after. "Everything looked great last year, but I felt a little weaker."


Matt Joyce avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce has avoided arbitration with the club, according to the New York Post

Joyce will make $3.7 million next year. He's coming off a season in which he hit .235/.328/.419 in 413 at-bats.


Matt Joyce gets first start of postseason


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) Matt Joyce was in the Rays' starting lineup at designated hitter for Monday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

This will be Joyce's first start in the series, though he has appeared as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement.


Matt Joyce has only good day for Rays


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce was the lone bright spot Monday during a blowout loss at Kansas City. Joyce doubled twice and recorded three hits in the defeat.

Joyce finished the game 3 for 3 with a walk. He scored a run and is batting .259 on the year for Tampa Bay.

The 29-year-old Joyce has hit in three straight games and six of his last seven. He has two homers and six RBI over that stretch. Joyce has 17 home runs and 42 runs driven in for the Rays on the season.

Matt Joyce drives in three runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce drove in three runs against the Orioles Tuesday night in Baltimore. Joyce's double in the ninth inning scored two of those runs.

Joyce also had a sacrifice fly in the third inning for his third RBI of the night. He finished the game 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. Joyce is batting .251 on the season. He now has 41 runs driven in for Tampa Bay.

The 29-year-old Joyce has two homers in his last five games and six RBI over that stretch. He's hit in his last three contests for Tampa.

Matt Joyce gets back on track for Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer during Monday's 4-3 win at Baltimore. He finished 2 for 3.

Joyce is batting .355 (11 for 31) with a .645 slugging percentage, 1.057 OPS, two home runs, three doubles, five RBI and six runs in his last 11 games (seven starts).

Prior to his 11-game run, Joyce hit .181 with a .238 slugging percentage, .521 OPS, one home run and three RBI in a 39-game stretch from June 15-Aug. 6.


Matt Joyce sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

Joyce will be replaced by Jason Bourgeois. Bourgeois will hit sixth against Joe Saunders. Joyce is hitting .247/.336/.428 in 320 at-bats.


Rays to use 'revolving door' in leadoff spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday the leadoff spot will be a "revolving door" with shortstop Yunel Escobar, infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist and outfielder Matt Joyce, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In the leadoff spot this season, Escobar is batting .250 (1 for 4), Zobrist is batting .214 (6 for 28) and Joyce is batting .230 (23 for 100).

Don't jump for (Matt) Joy(ce)


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) If you are considering dropping Rays outfielder Matt Joyce, then make the move. If history repeats itself, then his recent decline should persist. 

Joyce has never been a strong second-half performer. His career slash line in the second half is .238/.413/.749. It's a big difference from his first-half slash line -- .262/.497/.842.

Joyce's current slash line is .239/.428/.755. It's very close to what he's done in his career -- .251/.459/.800. 

He might have a hot streak or two left this season, but it's not like you are giving up a must-own player. Dropping Joyce for a player with upside like Christian Yelich or Michael Morse or Dayan Viciedo, then it's worth considering making a change.


Matt Joyce on the bench Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

Joyce is being replaced by Kelly Johnson in left. Joyce said he's not out due to an injury, so it could be that manager Joe Maddon wants Johnson in the lineup. In 265 at-bats, Joyce is hitting .245/.329/.453. 


Matt Joyce in dire need of some home cooking


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce's bat has gone silent since homering in consecutive games June 14-15. Joyce heads into Monday's game against the Blue Jays mired in a 4-for-25 slide (.160) in his last seven games (five starts).

Prior to his cold streak, Joyce hit .306 (15 for 49) with three doubles, four home runs and six RBI in a 13-game stretch from June 2-15. 

The good news for Joyce is that the Rays kick off a six-game homestand Monday. Joyce is batting .295 withg a .547 slugging percentage in 31 home games, as opposed to a .231 average and .469 slugging percentage in 36 away games.


Matt Joyce hits 13th home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Leading off for the Rays against Royals starter Luis Mendoza Friday, Matt Joyce hit his 13th home run of the season in the first inning of his team's 7-2 loss. He also hit his 11th double as part of a 2-for-4 performance.

Seeing most of his work against right-handers, Joyce has hit .269/.351/.523 in 197 at-bats this season. He's 10 for 24 with three home runs in his last six games. The Rays are scheduled to face right-handed starters on Saturdy and Sunday.


Matt Joyce's home run Tuesday a big deal


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2013) Like what Matt Joyce has given you over the last couple weeks? Wonder why nobody's talking about him?

It's because he's been sitting against left-handed pitchers much of the year. The Rays happened to face 14 straight righties from May 27 to June 10, allowing him 14 straight starts, and he took advantage of them, so much that the Rays kept him in the lineup for a game against tough lefty Jon Lester Tuesday.

And Joyce responded with another home run, his sixth in his last 21 games.

If the Rays continue to trust him against left-handed pitchers and he continues to perform against them, he'll quickly become more than just waiver fodder in standard mixed leagues. Keep an eye on his playing time.


Matt Joyce homers in wild game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce homered and almost helped incite a brawl Monday night during the 14-inning loss to Boston. 

Joyce homered off Red Sox starter John Lackey in the first inning for a solo blast. Later in the game, Lackey hit Joyce with a pitch in the square of the back. Joyce took exception to the beaning and angrily gestured to Lackey. Benches emptied, but cooler heads ultimately prevailed with nobody ejected and no punches thrown. 

Joyce finished 1 for 5 with a walk as the leadoff hitter in the game. The HR was his 11th on the year and he has 27 RBI. That said, he's struggled in June with a .200 average over the first nine games of the month entering Tuesday against Boston. 


Matt Joyce coming off hot May


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce got things going in May, and is looking to continue his strong surge.

Joyce hit .299/.396/.584 during the month. He swatted five home runs over that period. Joyce has been a streaky hitter over his career, and has been prone to the occasional hot streak. While he's still looking to get things going in June, he can provide plenty of Fantasy value to teams when things are going right.

With the strong May, Joyce brought his overall line to .255/.335/.491 in 165 at-bats this year.


Matt Joyce working on breaking bad habits in outfield


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2013) Rays outfielder Matt Joyce said Tuesday that he's developed some bad habits in chasing balls that are over his head and in the gaps in the outfield, the Tampa Tribune reports. Joyce worked Tuesday to get rid of them and will continue to take early outfield practice. 

The 28-year-old Joyce has not had trouble hitting of late and was batting leadoff Tuesday in Detroit. Entering Tuesday over his last 13 games, Joyce has gone 16 for 45 (.356) with four homers and 12 RBI. He's homered twice in his last five contests. 


Matt Joyce has eight-game streak


by Jeff Tobin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2013) Tampa Bay outfielder Matt Joyce hit his 10th home run Friday night against the Indians, stretching his hitting streak to eight games.

He's hitting .357 during that period, with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI. 

Joyce has a .264 batting average, 25 RBI and an .866 OPS this season.