If someone were to create a fictional archetype for an NFL offensive lineman turned coach, he might name that character Howard Mudd, and have him come from Midland, Michigan, and play college ball at someplace called Hillsdale.
The monthlong nose dive that left a first-place team in wild-card limbo was not a terrible development for the Seattle Mariners. On the contrary, June will be recalled as the vaccine shot that prevented a dangerous outbreak of optimism.
At some point this summer, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees figures to have a better idea of how all the pieces will fit together. Bookend pass rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi and top cornerback Jimmy Smith could all be recovered from injuries and back on the field. A clear leader will eventually emerge to start at inside linebacker alongside C.J. Mosley.
Starlin Castro drove home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning with a sharp one-hopper scored an error on shortstop Eduardo Escobar, and the New York Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Saturday with more dominant pitching from the back end of their bullpen.