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Stewart-Haas Racing | Kevin Harvick runs well at Indianapolis

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:04:02 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick has made 13 career starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning once with four Top 5s, seven Top 10s and 12 Top 20 finishes. His Average Finish Position for 10.92 is fourth among all active drivers.

Stewart-Haas Racing | Tony Stewart tops driver averages at Indy

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:03:19 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Tony Stewart tops all active drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 7.93 Average Finish Position. In 15 career starts he has two wins, seven Top 5s, 11 Top 10s and 14 Top 20 finishes. The worst Stewart has ever finishes at Indianapolis is 23rd.

FANTASY TIP: Stewart is desperate for a victory to clinch a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship. Stewart is a solid fantasy selection, especially in leagues which restrict number of times you can use a driver.

Stewart-Haas Racing | Kurt Busch looks for good Indy result

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:02:35 -0700

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch competed in the Indianapolis 500 in the IndyCar Series in May. He was sixth in that race, but hasn't finished in the Top 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series since 2003. "I have a greater appreciation for the speedway, and I hope the respect I show it this weekend will help me bounce up on some of my results here at the track," Busch said Friday, July 25. "It's been tough in a stock car here for me."

FANTASY TIP: Busch traditionally hasn't fared very well at the track, and there are better fantasy options such as Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.

Joe Gibbs Racing | Matt Kenseth feels team getting closer

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:01:37 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth had seven Sprint Cup Series wins last season, but he is winless through the first 19 races this season. However, he sees the Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, July 27, as an opportunity to get into the win column. He was the fastest in practice Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Kenseth has never won in Indianapolis, but he finished second in 2003 and 2006, and he was fifth last season. Despite the lack of wins, he is a solid play in salary cap fantasy formats.

Hendrick Motorsports | Jimmie Johnson has four Indy wins

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:01:20 -0700

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson is tied for the most active wins (four) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has 12 career starts at the Brickyard, posting five Top 5s, six Top 10s and eight Top 20s with 302 laps led.

Hendrick Motorsports | Jeff Gordon has four wins at the Brickyard

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:00:51 -0700

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with four wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is second among all drivers with an 8.75 Average Finish Position, posting 11 Top 5s, 16 Top 10s and 17 Top 20 finishes in 20 career starts. He also leads all active drivers with 488 laps led.

Marlins | Jeff Baker pushes hit streak to double digits

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:34:10 -0700

Miami Marlins INF Jeff Baker went 1-for-4 with a strikeout Friday, July 25, against the Houston Astros, and that was good enough to push his hitting streak to 10 games.

FANTASY TIP: Baker is actually tied for the longest active hitting streak in the National League. He is a solid value in daily fantasy salary cap formats while he is hitting. Baker is hitting .444 (12-for-27) during the impressive run.

Twins | Logan Darnell up, Jorge Polanco down

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:32 -0700

The Minnesota Twins recalled SP Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday, July 26, against the Chicago White Sox, and they optioned SS Jorge Polanco to Double-A New Britain.

Braves | Tyler Pastornicky optioned

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:46 -0700

The Atlanta Braves optioned INF Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday, July 25. No corresponding roster move was announced.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes back in action

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:26 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) returned to the starting lineup Friday, July 25, against the Texas Rangers. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, starting in center field and batting third in the lineup.

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Angels | Josh Hamilton leaves game

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:39:57 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (knee) left the game Friday, July 25, against the Detroit Tigers due to a sore left knee.

Yankees | David Robertson humming along

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:38:54 -0700

New York Yankees RP David Robertson allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts Friday, July 25, against the Toronto Blue Jays to secure his 26th save in 28 chances.

FANTASY TIP: Robertson isn't going to make anyone forget Mariano Rivera anytime soon, but he has done a superb job taking over the closer role from the legend and not being overwhelmed filling giant shoes. Robertson is a top-notch fantasy closer.

Yankees | Chris Capuano might get off to good start

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:38:12 -0700

The New York Yankees turn to newcomer SP Chris Capuano Saturday, July 26, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto has lost 17 consecutive games at Yankee Stadium, and the New York Yankees have won 26 of the past 36 meetings in this series after New York won 6-4 Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: Capuano will be opposed by Drew Hutchison, who is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in 13 2/3 innings against the Yankees this season. Capuano might be a sleeper play in daily fantasy leagues Saturday.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira unlikely for weekend

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:37:23 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (back) is unlikely to play during the team's weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Joe Girardi said Friday, July 25. He might be able to return Monday, July 28, on the road against the Texas Rangers.

FANTASY TIP: Teixeira is a risky play for the upcoming scoring period, and if he is unable to prove his health sometime this weekend (which sounds unlikely), keep him reserved in the upcoming week. He still could land on the 15-day disabled list, creating a huge hole in your lineup.

Chargers | Johnnie Troutman returns

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:37:10 -0700

San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, July 25, after suffering an apparent hamstring injury during practice Thursday, July 24.

Phillies | Ryan Howard benched again

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:36:35 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was on the bench for a third consecutive day Friday, July 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His replacement, 1B/OF Darin Ruf, went 1-for-2 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI.

FANTASY TIP: Philly was facing another left-handed starter, and Howard is hitting just .209 (19-for-91) with 40 strikeouts and a .275 on-base percentage vs. LHP. If he sits Saturday against Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter, a righty, then fantasy owners should really be concerned.

Phillies | Kyle Kendrick has topped every NL team

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:36:12 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings Friday, July 25, in a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was his first win in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks, and he now has a victory against every team in the National League.

Chiefs | Sean McGrath could retire

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:34:41 -0700

Kansas City Chiefs TE Sean McGrath is considering retirement.

Phillies | Grady Sizemore reaches milestone

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:34:31 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Grady Sizemore had a three-hit night, including his 1,000th career hit, Friday, July 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One of his hits went for a double, and he also drove in a run.

FANTASY TIP: Sizemore's 1000th hit should have come years ago in Cleveland, but years of recovery after microfracture surgery delayed the milestone. He is best used as a No. 4 or 5 fantasy outfielder in NL-only leagues at this point.

Indians | Justin Masterson pounded in rehab

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:32:48 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson (knee) allowed five runs, four hits and six walks over 6 2/3 innings in a minor-league rehab outing for Triple-A Columbus Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: The stat line isn't as bad as it looks, as he hit left with the bases loaded and all three runs came in to score. The command issues are what is really striking about the line, as six walks simply will not do. Fantasy owners will want to keep him reserved for his first couple of starts when he returns to the big club, letting him prove his health and show his command is back.