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Bauers' secret weapon is in the (apple)sauce

September 16, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG -- There's something in the -- applesauce? -- at Tropicana Field.That's what Jake Bauers credited for his three-run go-ahead home run in the eighth inning that propelled Tampa Bay to a 7-5 win on Saturday.After the game, Bauers thanked teammate Brandon Lowe with supplying him with the clutch

ST. PETERSBURG -- There's something in the -- applesauce? -- at Tropicana Field.
That's what Jake Bauers credited for his three-run go-ahead home run in the eighth inning that propelled Tampa Bay to a 7-5 win on Saturday.
After the game, Bauers thanked teammate Brandon Lowe with supplying him with the clutch food. Lowe, who also hit a home run in the game, started eating applesauce before games while still at Triple-A Durham as a ritual.
"He swears by it," Bauers said Saturday. "Anything like that to kind of trick your mind, you get a little bit of confidence."
"You better bring some applesauce tomorrow, B-Lowe," Bauers said while still talking with reporters. "He's got me."
So what exactly is in the applesauce? Apple? Sugar?
"Hits," Lowe said Sunday.

Lowe said that while he was struggling in the Minors, he saw there was applesauce in the clubhouse. He liked it and figured he'd try some. After a nice day at the plate, he had to have more the next day.
With another good day hitting, it quickly became a tradition.
"I had this stupid week putting up great numbers, and I said, 'Well, I can't get away from the applesauce,'" Lowe said.
As of Sunday morning, Lowe said no other players had approached him for a serving. That might quickly change if either player continues to swing the bat effectively.
Lowe added that the preferred brand is the single-serving applesauce that does not require a spoon.
"I had regular ... applesauce, and I had a couple hits, but there was just more extra-base hits in the [squeeze brand]," he said.
And what do these extra hits cost? According to Lowe, just $8 for a 12-pack.
"It's well worth it," Lowe said.
Glasnow looks for first win with Rays
Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow, acquired in the trade deadline deal that saw Chris Archer go to the Pirates, is still looking for his first win with the club and will get his opportunity to do so against the Rangers on Monday.
Outside of a Sept. 5 start against Toronto that saw him throw just two-thirds of an inning while allowing seven runs, Glasnow has pitched admirably thus far for Tampa Bay. He said he's not so much concerned with the statistics and getting credited with a win, but more so in pitching well.

"[Wins] are not a very relevant stat," Glasnow said. "I mean, if I were 4-0, I would say it's very relevant, but I'm not going to change anything. Just go out and pitch well, and if I get a win then I get a win. and if I don't, then I don't."
In order to do so, he'll have to pitch in the heat and humidity of Arlington. While some players try to prepare by conditioning outside prior to their starts, Glasnow said he does not plan on altering his preparation.
"There's some pretty humid places I've pitched in this year, and I think once you're out there, it's not really a factor," Glasnow said. "I like pitching in really hot places. You loosen up quicker, and I'm pretty comfortable with it."
Mentally, he thinks he's ready as well. He said that he feels minor issues in his mechanics have been cleared up since he's joined the Rays.
"Instead of attacking hitters, I was trying to figure out how to feel right," Glasnow said. "I've been able to get in attack mode and go out and play a game instead of trying to fix little things and tinker. My mentality has gotten better because I'm feeling more comfortable physically."

Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.