Granderson has hit in return from elbow injury

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Curtis Granderson went 1 for 4 after missing two games because of right elbow soreness and the New York Yankees lost 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night

Granderson, the designated hitter, singled in the third. The center fielder could play defense on Friday night.

Rotation candidate Ivan Nova pitched in a Triple-A game instead of facing the Orioles, giving up three runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. The Yankees play their second series of the regular season at Baltimore.

Orioles starter Jason Hammel went 5 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. Matt Wieters had a double and triple in three at-bats, and is 10 for his last 13.

Baltimore infielder J.J. Hardy, sidelined by a right shoulder injury, is expected to return Friday.