Chris Davis will have a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season

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Back in September, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall, a banned stimulant. He missed 17 games in the regular season and seven postseason games. After he sits out on Opening Day he’ll be eligible once again.

It didn’t have to be that way. Davis had previously obtained a therapeutic use exemption allowing him to take Adderall but, for whatever reason, did not have such an exemption last year. Why he didn’t he has not said, but he didn’t. But that will change in 2015, as Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday that Davis has once again received a therapeutic use exemption for next season.

One would assume that his lack of having one last year was not because he was denied — MLB approved over 100 of them last year — but because he did not seek one, as even a lax oversight process for such things would probably not go back and forth with approvals and denials like that. Of course, there are many who question how much one has to show to get such an exemption in the first place given how many players do get it. It’s an . . . interesting little part of baseball’s drug story.

But whatever one thinks of all of that, we know one thing: Davis will be back on Aderall next year.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.