Joyce went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo homer in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Astros. His eighth-inning shot off Chris Devenski, Joyce's 18th of the season, was the only offense Oakland could muster. The veteran slugger is enjoying a big August so far, slashing .317/.370/.805 with five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games.
Joyce went 2-for-5 with four RBI from a bases-clearing double and a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-8 win over the Royals. He scored twice. The veteran slugger has been knocking the cover off the ball in August, as evidenced his .459 wOBA -- which is partly comprised of nine extra-base hits (five doubles, four homers) -- and a 38.5 percent hard contact rate. Joyce's second-half surge is in sharp contrast to a lackluster first half of the season that saw his average below the Mendoza Line as late as June 13. With Tuesday's round tripper, he's now just two short of tying the career-best 19 he slugged back in 2011 with the Rays.
Joyce went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a stolen base and two runs in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Orioles. The slugging leadoff man is enjoying a productive August, having hit safely in five of eight games and generating a .308/.367/.808 line thus far during the month. Joyce has already matched the three homers he hit in all of July as well, and he boasts a .370 wOBA and .265 ISO over his 98 second-half plate appearances.
Joyce is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manager Bob Melvin is sending out a righty-dominant lineup against southpaw Wade Miley, so Joyce will head to the bench for a breather as Chad Pinder takes over for him in right field.
Joyce went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners. Joyce answered an early 3-0 Mariners lead with a 422-foot solo shot to center in the first, his second round tripper of August. The veteran outfielder had gone 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first game back from a two-game suspension Tuesday, but factoring in Wednesday's production, he's already compiled five RBI in just five August contests.
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