Rays put Kazmir, Percival on the DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay has placed pitchers Scott Kazmir (right quadriceps strain) and Troy Percival (right shoulder tendinitis) on its 15-day disabled list.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Derek Jeter's second hit Wednesday, a ninth-inning RBI single, delivered the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 2 (14 inn.)

BOSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the 14th inning Wednesday and Tampa Bay survived a scare in the bottom half of the inning to down Boston 4-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Florida 4

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Dioner Navarro and Eric Hinske had RBI walks in the eighth inning Tuesday to hand the Tampa Bay Rays a 6-4 inter-league victory over the Florida Marlins.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Florida 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 14 (UPI) -- Matt Garza gave up an earned run and just three hits in seven innings Saturday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-1 win over Florida.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Florida 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- Eric Hinske and Dioner Navarro drove in two runs each Friday and the Tampa Bay Rays got an outstanding effort from their bullpen in downing Florida 7-3.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 5, Tampa Bay 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 29 (UPI) -- Joe Crede and Paul Konerko homered Thursday and John Danks gave up a run over six innings in leading the Chicago White Sox past Tampa Bay 5-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Texas 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- Matt Garza yielded two earned runs and just four hits in eight innings Wednesday to help Tampa Bay down the Texas Rangers 5-3.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday helped the Tampa Bay Rays edge Baltimore 5-4and complete a three-game sweep.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- Matt Garza allowed four hits over 7 1/3 innings Friday and the Tampa Bay bull pen was perfect in leading the Rays to a 2-0 blanking of Baltimore.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Oakland 2

OAKLAND, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Emil Brown's error on Dioner Navarro's eighth-inning line drive let three runs score, allowing Tampa Bay to escape with a 3-2 win over Oakland Tuesday.
MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 6 (13 innings)

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 6 (13 innings)

OAKLAND, Calif., May 20 (UPI) -- Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run in the 13th inning Monday and the Rays held on for a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Tampa Bay 3, St. Louis 1

ST. LOUIS, May 16 (UPI) -- Andy Sonnanstine gave up a run over eight innings Friday and helped bring the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-1 victory over St. Louis.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- Shawn Riggans' fourth-inning two-run homer Thursday helped the Tampa Bay Rays top the New York Yankees 5-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Yankees 1 (11 inn.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- Gabe Gross singled off Mariano Rivera in the 11th inning Tuesday, handing Tampa Bay a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees, good for first place in the AL East.
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Troy Percival
St. Louis Cardinals right handed pitcher Troy Percival starts the last game of the 2007 season at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on September 30, 2007. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)

Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969 in Fontana, California) is a Major League Baseball closer, who plays for the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent most of his career with the California/Anaheim Angels and was a key member of that franchise's 2002 World Series championship team.

He started playing baseball at Moreno Valley Youth Federation (MVYF) and was coached by Bill Yearsley in his early years. Percival played on the Moreno Valley High School baseball team, before attending the University of California, Riverside. He was then drafted by the California Angels in the 6th round of the 1990 amateur draft as a catcher. He batted .200 in his only season as a catcher and was converted to a pitcher when coaches noticed that his return throws to the mound were actually faster than the pitches he caught. He made his Major League debut as a reliever in 1995, and was mostly used as a setup man for Lee Smith. he was not coached by bill yeasrsley, he was actually coached by his father Richard Percival for all of his childhood years. Bill yearsley was the head of the youth federation. I know this because I am Troys sister, Sherri Percival.

In 1996, he became the regular closer for the Angels and had 36 saves with 100 strikeouts in 74 innings. He is one of only six pitchers in the Angels' 44-year history to strike out at least 100 batters in a season without starting a game. The others are Mark Clear (105, 1980), De Wayne Buice (109, 1987), Bryan Harvey (101, 1991) Scot Shields (109, 2004) and Francisco Rodriguez (123, 2004).

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