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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%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels LF Matt Joyce to go on concussion disabled list


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce will likely be placed on the 7-day disabled list because of a concussion, per MLB.com.

Joyce left Sunday's game after colliding with a teammate in the outfield while chasing a fly ball.


Angels' Matt Joyce leaves Sunday's game with concussion


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was forced to leave Sunday's game after colliding with Erick Aybar in the outfield, reports the Orange County Register.

The team believes he sustained a concussion, per the Orange County Register. That would have him ticketed for the 7-day disabled list.


Angels' Matt Joyce snaps power drought with homer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Angelsleft fielder Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over Colorado, snapping a power slump. 

Joyce got his first RBI since June 19 and his first home run since May 30. He now has five homers on the year. 

Joyce has scored three runs in the last two games.


Dan Robertson replaces Matt Joyce in left for Angels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Texas. 

Joyce had started the last three and four of the last five. He has a team-high 47 starts in left this year. 

In his place, Dan Robertson will get his sixth start of the season. 


Angels DH Matt Joyce getting start against Astros on Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Angels designated hitter Matt Joyce will get a start in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Astros. 

After sitting the past two games, Joyce will hit seventh in the lineup. Joyce has struggled from the plate this year, however, as he's only hitting .186/.277/.319. 


Angels hold struggling Aybar, Joyce out of lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia opted to hold shortstop Erick Aybar and left fielder Matt Joyce out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

It was just the third time Aybar was held out of the lineup this season and first time since May 30. Joyce sat for the third time in five games.

Both players are struggling offensively. Aybar is mired in a 1-for-27 slump in his last seven games, while Joyce is batting .200 (8 for 40) through 15 June games.

"I think he's put a little pressure on himself right now at this point because some hits aren't falling in," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Aybar, per MLB.com. "He's playing a lot, he just needs a bit of a break."

Although, Joyce did go 2 for 3 with one triple, one walk and one run on Wednesday.

"We definitely are balancing when a hitter is starting to swing the bat well and you also grind out some at-bats when they're doing poorly, which I think we've done with Matt," Scioscia said. "In the big picture, it's one day, Matt's still going to get his opportunity to contribute, but we've got some guys on our team who we feel very confident are going to contribute."


Angels OF Matt Joyce back in Tuesday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Joyce was not in the starting lineup for the last two games. Joyce is 1 for 11 in his last five games. He will bat sixth and play left field. He will go against Jeremy Hellickson, who he has never faced in his career.

The Angels are favored (-190) over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.


Angels LF Matt Joyce dropped down to ninth in order on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Matt Joyce is getting the start in left field for the Angels' matchup with the A's on Saturday. But, Joyce is batting ninth for the first time this season. It's just the seventh time in his career that Joyce has started a game in the ninth spot in the batting order. The last time he was last in the order was May 27, 2014 with Tampa.

Joyce is hitless in his last nine at-bats and is hitting just .161 in the month of June.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated and disappointed," Joyce said, per the Los Angeles Times. "But I'm still in the lineup. I'm still getting a chance to play and make the most of it."


Angels LF Matt Joyce trying to find consistency at the plate


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce has been seeing regular playing time over the last few weeks. Joyce h as started 19 of the Angels' last 20 games. But he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire with his bat during that time.

Over that 19-game stretch, Joyce is batting .254 (15 for 59) with three home runs and seven RBI. But Joyce has been hitting a little better of late, collecting five hits over his last six games, including a double in Tuesday's win over the Rays.


Angels LF Matt Joyce blasts fourth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce went 1 for 3 at the plate in Los Angeles' 8-6 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Joyce did his damage in the second inning when he led things off with a solo home run off of Shane Greene to center field, his fourth of the season.

Joyce, who also walked once and struck out once, is now hitting .179 with 17 RBI on the year.

"It's very tough when you come to a new team and new city and you have high expectations," Joyce said, per the Los Angeles Times. "And I think the fans, obviously, have expectations. It's tough to stay positive and go through the tougher times. ... It's a roller coaster, and you just have to keep going."


Angels' Matt Joyce homers in second straight game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 12-2 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

After being bogged down offensively for much of the season, Joyce has now homered in consecutive games and looks to be getting on track at the plate. He has hit just .187/.262/.313 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 134 at-bats, but it's improvement on his .360 OPS at the end of April.


Angels' Matt Joyce slugs second homer Wednesday vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Angels left fielder Matt Joyce went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

Joyce was able to tie the game with his sixth-inning homer, though the Angels would immediately fall back in a hole by giving up two runs in the top of the seventh. The outfielder has hit .176/.253/.282 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 131 at-bats.


Angels OF Matt Joyce collects two hits in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) 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.