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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle stands on the mound during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Washington. At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole went from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend the club hopes continues in 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glove

Feb. 27, 2020 6:08 PM EST

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 --...