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Joyce homers in return from neck stiffness

Joyce homers in return from neck stiffness

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Outfielder Matt Joyce returned to the Rays' lineup with a bang Sunday, after missing the previous three games with a stiff neck.

Joyce, who hadn't played since departing Wednesday's game early, went 2-for-4 and connected for a three-run homer down the right-field line in the fourth inning. The blast marked his second of the spring and first since March 5.

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The outfielder is now hitting .250 (10-for-40) with seven RBIs in 15 Grapefruit League games this spring after posting a .235/.328/.419 slash line and hitting 18 home runs in 140 games last season.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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