With his 25-game suspension that carried over from last season now completed the Orioles have activated Chris Davis for tonight’s game against the Rays.
In order to hit the 25-game mark Davis was suspended for the Orioles’ final 17 regular season games and seven postseason games, plus the first game of this season.
He was suspended for using Adderall without an MLB-approved exemption, which he had in 2013 and has again for this season but failed to secure for 2014. Tonight he’s in the lineup at designated hitter and batting fifth.
In addition to the suspension Davis is also trying to get his on-field production back on track after he followed up an MVP-caliber 2013 campaign by hitting .196 with 173 strikeouts in 123 games on the way to a 300-point drop in OPS.
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.