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The Tampa Bay Rays – News By The Minute

By Freddie Brister

Interview with Matt Joyce

A trade-off was made in December 10, 2008 between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Rays got Matt Joyce for their pitcher, Edwin Jackson. Joyce’s first stint at playing with the Rays in 2009 was short-lived. Before mid-year, Joyce was sent back to the minors, presumably to work on his playing skills and style. In his games with the Durham Bulls he hit a 400 plus slugging percentage and managed a double 35 times.

The next year, on June 24, 2010, following his warm-up stint with the minors, he was reinstated into active status with the Tampa Bay Rays. The same year, in the game of the Rays against the Minnesota Twins Joyce scored a grand slam in the 8th inning after batting a pinch-hit, and then again, during the game between the Rays and the Detroit tigers when Matt Garza did his famous no-hitter.

According to Joyce, in that game with Garza, they had both seemed to coordinate well towards cleaning the bases up so that the rest of the no-no’s could be pitched by Garza, ending the game.

Joyce was born at Tampa Bay and grew up at Seffner. His high schools days were spent at Armwood High School. When he graduated he began practicing and perfecting his baseball style with the North Brandon Little League.

He feels that he is lucky to be able to play so close to home. He often sees former friends in the crowd of spectators, a good chance for reviving friendships. Not everyone, according to Joyce, has the chance to play before a hometown crowd. However, during his stint with the Tampa Bay Rays, Matt sometimes has a bit of a problem accommodating people with ticket requests. He says the situation becomes really problematic when the Yankees visit Tampa Bay.

He talked about the difficulties of adjusting to the major league timetable. He himself has not had trouble coping with the trouble of going to practice often and spending a lot of his time with the team. However, it is his family and friends who are trying their best to get used to the idea of his not being available for them as often as he used to be.

Plenty of hard work and lots of sacrifice is how he would characterize becoming a good baseball player and he would like young people to know that.

Tampa Bay Rays lose because of Trop’s low roof

The Minnesota Twins won 8-6 last August 5, 2010 over the Rays because of a dome run. The game had been so far a tie 6-6 between the two teams. But when Jason Kubel hit a high ball clear to the roof, it hit the topmost catwalk and bounded right back towards the pitcher’s mound and landed just behind it. In that time, the score of the twins was upped by two points.

Apparently Tropicana field’s roof should be due for reconstruction to make it higher. Since its construction the its roof catwalks have been hit by more than just a hundred balls. In 2009, the ball managed to hit the highest catwalk too but that one was caught by Minnesota pitcher Jose Mijares.

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