Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 6 Months

Joyce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Manager Joe Maddon will shield Joyce from lefty Mark Buehrle, instead opting for the right-handed Brandon Guyer to occupy a spot in the outfield. Joyce has made just 31 plate appearances against lefties this season, batting a mere .167.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 6 Months

Joyce sent the Rays home happy Monday afternoon, hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th.

The base hit was Joyce's only knock in five trips Monday. The outfielder has hit a wall at the plate of late, going just three for his last 21 and hitting a paltry .224 for the month of August. For the season, Joyce is sporting a .266 average and 51 RBI.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 6 Months

Joyce is out of the lineup Tuesday in Baltimore, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Although Joyce has recorded barely any counting stats in the past week -- just one run -- he's reached base fairly often, tallying two hits, five walks, and two strikeouts in nine at-bats over the last four games. Nevertheless, Ben Zobrist will slide out to left field, while Desmond Jennings takes on center.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Joyce has been sitting against left-handers, so with former-teammate David Price on the mound Thursday, Joyce will cede left field duties to Brandon Guyer. After batting .309 in the month of July, Joyce has regressed a bit in August, going 13-for-52 (.250) at the dish with two doubles and a home run.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce went 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

Joyce continues to swing a hot bat in recent days, as the 30-year-old outfielder has now gone 8-for-23 with five walks and three extra-base hits over his last nine games. In addition to those totals, Joyce has chipped in five RBI and a half-dozen runs scored.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce is out of the lineup Thursday vs. the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After homering and scoring three runs a night earlier, Joyce will take a seat Thursday with lefty Robbie Ross on the mound for the Rays. Brandon Guyer starts in left field, while Evan Longoria handles designated hitting duties for the Rays.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce swatted a home run, drove in a pair of runs, and scored three of his own in Sunday's demolition of the Rangers.

The Rays have extracted decent value from Joyce in using him as a semi-regular player this season, with the 29-year-old responding with a .281/.374/.431 line over 320 at-bats. He's noticed some a dropoff in his power production from his 19-homer peak back in 2011, but he still offers ample fantasy value when he sees a steady stream of right-handed pitching.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce had a productive day at the plate Monday, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBI.

Joyce has been in and out of the lineup this month, but is still hitting .296 since the calendar turned to August. The outfielder has seven home runs and 46 RBI to go with his .280 batting average.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

Joyce has seen limited playing time with the interleague series eliminating the DH spot this weekend. The left-handed batting Joyce will sit with the lefty Travis Wood on the mound for the Cubs Sunday, but will likely rejoin the lineup when the designated hitter returns.

Matt Joyce LF/RF.. LAA 7 Months

Joyce is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.

Joyce typically serves as the DH when a right-hander takes the mound, but he'll sit Friday with lefty Tsuyoshi Wada on the bump for the opposing Cubs. With the Rays opening a three-game set in an NL ballpark, Joyce would have to return to the lineup in the outfield Saturday, which is a likely possibility with righty Edwin Jackson in line to take the mound.