Former Moccasin Matt Joyce is back in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Joyce had spent the first week of the season with the Rays and had a home run against Boston, but was sent to Triple-AAA Durham when B.J. Upton came off the disabled list. Joyce was re-called from Durham Saturday night and started Sunday's game in center field. He homered in the game, which the Rays eventually lost 3-2 to the Twins.
Joyce was hitting .315 with five home runs and 27 RBI at Durham.
The Rays acquired Joyce in a trade with Detroit in the off-season for pitcher Edwin Jackson.
Joyce played three seasons for the Moccasins (2003-05) and was the starting right fielder on FSC's 2005 national championship team.
Joyce's promotion gives Florida Southern two ex-Mocs in the pros as he joins Brett Tomko, now a pitcher with the New York Yankees. Tomko, the 1995 National Player of the Year for FSC, is in his 13th season in the majors.