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Rays' Percival returns from DL before Yankees series opener


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays activated closer Troy Percival from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees.

The 38-year-old right-hander, sidelined because of cartilage damage in his right knee, had been out since Aug. 14, when he limped off the mound after fielding a ninth-inning bunt at Oakland.

The Rays also recalled right-handed reliever Juan Salas from Double-A Montgomery and catcher John Jaso from Triple-A Durham.