Matt Joyce was scratched from Angels’ lineup because he thought day game was night game

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As if hitting .143 wasn’t a bad enough start to his Angels career, outfielder Matt Joyce was scratched from yesterday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays because … well, he thought it was a night game.

He showed up at the ballpark during batting practice and was fined for being late in addition to being pulled from the starting lineup by manager Mike Scioscia. His fill-in, Marc Krauss, went 0-for-2 with a walk and the Angels lost 10-6.

Joyce told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

It’s a mistake that should never happen. I feel terrible about it. It won’t happen again.

DiGiovanna suggests giving Joyce some “props” because he fessed up rather than trying to make another excuse for the late scratch.