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Yankees edge Rangers in series opener

The New York Yankees (15-11) jumped out to an early lead against Andrew Heaney and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers (14-11) on Thursday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington. 

DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres crushed back-to-back home runs in the second inning, and Anthony Volpe later added a run-scoring single. Jose Trevino smacked a solo shot in the ninth inning, and that was all the Yankees needed as Gerrit Cole turned in another strong outing, and the bullpen closed it out. 

Cole surrendered two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings while walking one and striking out eight. He improved to 5-0 on the season and owns a 1.11 ERA. 

Michael King recorded the final seven outs, picking up his first save of the season. 

Aaron Judge left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with right hip discomfort, the Yankees announced.

The Yankees will try to win their third straight on Friday at 8:05 p.m. The pitching matchup will feature Clarke Schmidt vs. Jacob deGrom.