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Yankees pitchers' enthusiasm for scented candles is carrying the aroma of success

Earlier this season, the Minnesota Twins revived their offense with the good luck charm of a summer sausage. But the New York Yankees' pitching staff has benefited all season from its own talismans, ones that are far more pleasant — especially in terms of aroma — with no concerns about rotting or spoilage.

Candles have taken over the Yankees' clubhouse this season, as reported by Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein. Scents such as butterscotch, citrus and bamboo fill the air in the locker room, thanks to the team's starting pitchers.

The enthusiasm for scented candles was lit by Marcus Stroman, who brought his preference to the Bronx upon signing with the club.