NEW YORK -- J. .J. Hardy finally got in on the fun Saturday, against a likely opponent. Nelson Cruz has been hitting homers all season. Cruz hit his 23rd home run, Hardy connected for his first of the year and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 6-1 after starter Bud Norris left with tightness in his right groin. Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also went deep off struggling soft-tosser Vidal Nuno, helping the Orioles rebound after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss Friday night. "Big win for us," Hardy said. Cruz and Pearce each had a two-run shot. Hardy ended a drought of 339 at-bats that dated to last September. "It definitely felt nice," he said. "I felt like I forgot how to do it." "I think it probably is a little bit of a relief. I started to question myself if I ever was going to hit one again," Hardy added. Mark Teixeira hit his 12th home run for the Yankees, who had won four straight and eight of 10, but that was all they managed against Norris and three relievers. During a pregame ceremony on the field, former New York first baseman Tino Martinez was honoured with a plaque to be placed in Monument Park. Making his first start against the Yankees, Norris (7-5) allowed three hits in five innings and matched a career high by winning his fourth straight start. He warmed up on the mound for the sixth but was pulled for Ryan Webb, who pitched two scoreless innings. Tommy Hunter got the final five outs. Norris said he felt something "kind of funny" while throwing a fastball in the fifth. "It kind of grabbed on me," he said. "Ive had groin stuff before, especially my left one but not necessarily my right one. Youve got to be real careful with those." "I could see it getting a little worse and I wanted to be smart, but really, hats off to the offence for scoring and to the bullpen for picking me up," Norris added. "Pretty sore right now." Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Norris probably will pitch the night game of a split doubleheader Friday against Tampa Bay, but the right-hander said it was too soon to tell. "Weve got other options, but Im hoping we caught it in time," Showalter said. Pressed into the rotation because of injuries to CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, Nuno (1-4) is having a hard time with the homer-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. He was rocked in his previous outing in Oakland and is 0-4 since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 7. "This is what we have. And as I said, its not like theres just starting pitchers lying around out there," New York manager Joe Girardi said, explaining that Nuno will stay in the rotation. "Right now, this is what it is." The left-hander yielded five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He allowed three home runs and has served up 13 in 39 1-3 innings this season at home, where he is 0-3 with a 7.09 ERA. "My fastball today, I just left it up too much," Nuno said. "I trusted all my stuff today. No regrets and everything, but they just got to my fastball." Jones hit a solo shot with two outs in the first and drew a leadoff walk in the fourth before Cruz connected. Cruz began the day one home run behind Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion for the major league lead. "Hes carried us along a lot of the season," Hardy said. Pearces drive made it 5-1 in the fifth, and Hardy went deep off Jose Ramirez in the eighth for his 159th career homer and first since Sept. 5, 2013, against Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox. "We like hitting home runs," Jones said. Back in the dugout, Hardy got the silent treatment. He threw sunflower seeds on himself and was doused with water by Cruz. The two-time All-Star shortstop has hit at least 22 home runs five times, including a career-high 30 with Baltimore in 2011. "Normally I just put my head down and run. This time I kind of watched a little bit to make sure that it got up," Hardy said. "As I was rounding third, I looked into the dugout and no one had moved. So I kind of knew that they were going to sit there." NOTES: Baltimore recalled reliever Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Nuno has allowed 15 homers in 67 1-3 innings overall. ... Pineda (right shoulder muscle) will get another week off after an MRI still showed "a trace of inflammation," Girardi said. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-1, 1.99 ERA) starts Sundays series finale against Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (5-4, 4.82). Hall of Fame reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage will be honoured with a Monument Park plaque as part of festivities for the 68th annual Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium. .Martin Caceres marked his return from injury by scoring in the 3-1 win at Napoli and he believes Juventus sent out a warning to the rest of the league with that result.We go out on the pitch every game looking to give our all, Caceres said. . This week, topics cover the World Series champion Red Sox, John Farrell and what to look forward to this off-season.ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders defence was dealt a big blow back in the preseason when middle linebacker and defensive signal caller Nick Roach suffered a season-ending concussion.That injury set the tone this season for the Raiders, who have had to piece together their defence on the fly because of a litany of injuries.The Raiders (2-12) have nine defensive players on season-ending injured reserve, including the teams top two strong safeties, two linebackers, a starting defensive end and a starting cornerback.Those absences have played a big role in Oaklands struggles this season as the team will miss the playoffs for the 12th straight year.I think it takes a toll, but its hard to use those things, interim coach Tony Sparano said. Everybodys hurt right now. Its just the next-man-up mentality for us and weve been fortunate that some of these young guys have gone in there and done a good job. Thats the good news, is that youre not going to have to sit here at the end of the season and wonder whether or not so-and-so can play.Thats the one positive from all the injuries. The Raiders have gotten plenty of chances to see what some of the younger players can do when they get playing time. That will give them a better idea of what needs to be prioritized come the off-season.Were about playing together, were about playing with passion, defensive co-ordinator Jason Tarver said. Whats been great is the young men keep jumping in and rallying around each other. Thats what its about.Miles Burris stepped in for Roach and struggled at the start in his adjustment to middle linebacker but now has shown versatility to play all three spots in the future.When outside linebacker Sio Moore went down last week with a season-ending hip injury, former college safety Ray-Ray Armstrong got his most extensive time ever at liinebacker with 63 defensive snaps. . Its always great having good opportunity, Armstrong said. Its what you do with it. Just trying to make the most of it and help my team out.Armstrong is not alone in getting an opportunity. Benson Mayowa, claimed off waivers from Seattle earlier this season, has gotten ample time in place of LaMarr Woodley at defensive end.There has been a revolving door at strong safety after starter Tyvon Branch and backup Usama Young went down with injuries. Brandian Ross stepped in and played much better than he did a year ago as a replacement starter and also showed the ability to play in the slot in nickel packages.Larry Asante also played well before he was put on injured reserve earlier this month.The secondary has been a work in progress much of the year with starting cornerback Carlos Rogers out for the season with a knee injury and fellow starter Tarell Brown slowed in recent weeks by a foot injury.Those injuries have allowed second-year player DJ Hayden and rookie TJ Carrie to get significant playing time that will pay off in the future.I think thats very, very valuable and I think theres huge carry-over, Sparano said. I think that that provides a real easy transition into Year 2 for them. The game doesnt surprise them. The speed of the game doesnt surprise them. The preparation that it takes to play the game doesnt surprise them.NOTES: The Raiders announced the game Sunday against Buffalo is sold out and will be televised locally. Oakland sold out every home game this season. ... CB Tarell Brown did not practice for a second straight day with a foot injury but still could play Sunday. ...DL C.J. Wilson returned on a limited basis after missing practice Wednesday with a knee injury.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '