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Troy Percival Apparently Ahead of Schedule

While Percival pitched through pain last season, watching him compensate for injuries may have been equally painful to Rays fans. Percival often looked totally out of sync as he tried to figure out a way to manufacture a strike.

"It was a long year, mentally and physically, trying to figure out how I can possibly throw the ball up there today," Percival said. "Now all I'm working on is trying to throw the way I used to throw, which is using my midsection for torque as opposed to all arm.

"It's a totally different mechanic. Hopefully the hitters won't see the ball as well and I'll be able to command the strike zone a lot better, like I was early in the season last year. I was pretty good."


And yesterday's Rays/Yanks game is the highest rated spring game in YES history.