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Former Moc Matt Joyce Back With Rays

Former Moc Matt Joyce Back With Rays

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.