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Chris Davis' recent struggles won't hurt first-place Baltimore Orioles

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Chris Davis has been miserable for the Orioles this season. Now, he won't be anymore.

Last year's home run champ was suspended 25 games - the rest of the regular season and eight postseason games – for testing positive for amphetamines.

The thing is, the Orioles won't be missing his sub-.200 batting average in their lineup despite already missing Matt Wieters and Manny Machado.

Davis has hit 26 homers this season, a number he will stop at that is less than half of his 53 from last year.

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The suspension means that Davis won't, however, be the major league leader in strikeouts this year.

He is currently one behind leader Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals.

Why did he fail?

Davis says that he was suspended – meaning he's failed two tests – because of taking Adderal.

"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans," Davis said in a statement. "I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately."

Regression this season

Because of Davis' struggles this year, the suspension will be viewed a lot different than if, well, he was the player he was last season.

Now, he's been more of a liability at the plate than a positive as he continued to swing away to no avail.

Nelson Cruz, who had a lengthy failed drug test suspension last year that led to a drop in his free agency value, is oddly enough the star who has filled the void for all that Davis has lacked in the Orioles lineup this season as the team holds a 10.5 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays entering Saturday. Cruz has 39 homers and leads the team with 102 RBIs.

"At this point, it's not up to me to gauge what's fair or not fair," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "I know what the positive test was for, and believe me, I'm not condoning any positive test. Everybody knows what the rules are, so it is what it is. We've all made mistakes, and none of us would like to have our whole life judged by our worst decision.

"I'm disappointed. I know Chris is, too, but it is what it is. We'll try to deal with it and move on. Timing's never good, but it's one of those challenges. It's why we have [testing] in place. Fully supportive of it. These are the things that everybody knew about beforehand, and it's another way that we want our fans to be able to trust a lot of things."

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