NEW YORK -- After four straight wins to begin their homestand, the New York Yankees ran into familiar problems: Vidal Nuno and home runs allowed. The Baltimore Orioles pounded Nuno on Saturday afternoon and beat the Yankees 6-1.
Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy all went deep for the Orioles. The Yankees have allowed 49 home runs in their 34 home games this season while hitting just 39. The only team in the majors that has allowed more home runs at home is the Arizona Diamondbacks (51), and they've played seven more home games than the Yankees.
More Nuno trouble: It was another rough start for Nuno, now winless in eight starts since May 7. Nuno allowed three more home runs, making it nine in his past four starts, and 13 in eight appearances (and just 39 ⅓ innings) at Yankee Stadium. The 13 homers are the most that any pitcher in Major League Baseball has allowed in his home ballpark this season.
More on the home runs: Nuno has now allowed 15 home runs in just 67 ⅓ innings this season, which works out to just more than two homers allowed for every nine innings pitched. Only three Yankees starters ever have started at least 10 games in a season and allowed home runs at that high a rate: Randy Keisler in 2001, Jose Contreras in 2004 and Kei Igawa in 2007.
What do they do? With an off day Thursday, the Yankees could skip Nuno's spot in the rotation and start Masahiro Tanaka on regular rest Friday against the Boston Red Sox. But with no more off days before the All-Star break, they'll eventually need to make a decision on whether Nuno should remain in the rotation. Reliever Adam Warren has been mentioned the most as the next option.
Teixeira's home runs: Mark Teixeira had homered just once in his past 14 games before Saturday, but he still comfortably held the team lead. Teixeira extended his lead with his fourth-inning home run, his 12th of the season.
This Bud's gone after 5: The Yankees caught something of a break when Orioles starter Bud Norris was forced from the game after just five innings with what was announced as right groin tightness. Norris, making his first-ever start against the Yanks, had allowed just one run on three hits (one of them the Teixeira homer).
Full house: With a pregame ceremony honoring Tino Martinez and absolutely perfect weather, the Yankees announced a sellout Saturday, just their third in 34 home games this season. The other two sellouts were both in April: the home opener against the Orioles, and a Saturday game against the Red Sox later that week.
What's next: It's Tanaka Day -- Tanaka (11-1, 1.99) starts Sunday's series finale against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (5-4, 4.82). It's also Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. The old-timers start at 11:30 a.m., with Tanaka's first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m.