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Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction:

“Smell it.”

So, of course, you do -- getting a sweet whiff of lavender, the sort you might get from a candle or bowl of potpourri. And now you know what Doolittle sniffed each time he jutted his right elbow toward home plate and tucked his glove under his chin to get his catcher's signs during last season's World Series.

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Leaders
AVG: A. Rendon.319
HR: A. Rendon34
RBI: A. Rendon126
SB: T. Turner35
W: S. Strasburg18
ERA: M. Scherzer2.92
Saves: S. Doolittle29
K: S. Strasburg251
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .265 (7)
Runs: 873 (6)
Hits: 1460 (7)
Home Runs: 231 (13)
Stolen Bases: 116 (4)
OBP: .342 (2)
SLG: .454 (7)
Total Bases: 2505 (8)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.27 (13)
Runs Allowed: 724 (9)
Saves: 40 (15)
Strikeouts: 1511 (8)
OpBA: .244 (8)
OBP: .314 (9)
SLG: .412 (7)
Run Support: 5.46 (6)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/14 J. Hellickson Retired
2/12 J. Shuck Signed to a Minor League Contract
1/29 R. Harper Traded Minnesota (for RHP Hunter McMahon)
1/28 E. Bonifácio Signed to a Minor League Contract
1/28 R. Zimmerman Signed as Free Agent ( 2020)(one-year contract)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/8 S. Kieboom Right elbow inflammation (60-day IL)
9/6 J. Ross Right forearm discomfort (day-to-day)
9/6 A. Sanchez Stomach virus (day-to-day)
8/18 S. Doolittle Right knee tendinitis (10-day IL)
8/12 J. Soto Sprained right ankle (day-to-day)
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