ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers ace Jacob deGrom exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in three starts, though Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer and doubled twice for Texas in a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
DeGrom retired his first 10 batters and had a 5-0 lead before he walked Anthony Rizzo with one out in the fourth, then got Gleyber Torres out on a full-count flyball.
DeGrom got ahead 0-2 on Willie Calhoun before a 96.6 mph fastball that sailed outside for a ball. The pitcher reached for his left side, then followed with an 89.4 mph slider. His slowest pitch of the night was outside, and Calhoun lined an opposite-field single to left.
Athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and pitching coach Mike Maddux went to the mound, and Maddux summoned Bruce Bochy and met with the manager in foul territory. Bochy then went to the mound and removed the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner in favor of Dane Dunning (2-0). There was no in-game update on why DeGrom came out of the game.
The Yankees played their first game this season without captain Aaron Judge. The reigning AL MVP had tests on his sore right hip Friday, a day after exiting the series opener midway through the fourth inning because of hip discomfort.
Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt struck out eight in his five innings, but allowed five runs and 10 hits — six of them to left-handed batters, who are hitting .385 against him this year.
Marcus Semien and Jonah Heim each had RBI doubles for the Rangers.
The Rangers had lost a season-high four games in a row.
DeGrom exited his start April 17 at Kansas City after four no-hit innings because of right wrist soreness. Five games later, he made his next scheduled start and struck out 11 on 80 pitches over six innings in a win at Oakland in his previous start before facing the Yankees for the first time since 2018.
Before signing a $185 million, five-year contract with the Rangers in December, deGrom was spent his first nine big league seasons with the Mets. He was plagued by injures that limited him to 156 1/3 innings the past two seasons, and Texas was cautious with him after he reported tightness in his left side before the team’s first scheduled workout of spring training, though he still was ready to start opening day.
Dunning, the first of three relievers, allowed two runs and three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Will Smith worked the ninth for his third save.
The roof was closed on a rainy night in North Texas. … Semien extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) threw his third live BP session in nine days. Manager Aaron Boone said the 40-pitch session went well, but that he wasn’t sure if the next step would be another BP session or the start of a rehab assignment. … The rehab assignment of C Ben Rortvedt (left shoulder aneurysm) was transferred from Class A Tampa to Double-A Somerset. … RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (right elbow inflammation), who resumed playing catch last week and was sore after a throwing session Wednesday, had tests Friday.
Rangers: 3B Josh Jung, who got hit on his left hand by a pitch Wednesday and didn’t play the series opener against the Yankees, was back in the lineup. So was LF Travis Jankowski, who left that series finale at Cincinnati with left hip tightness.
Rookie right-hander Jhony Brito (2-2, 6.11 ERA) makes his sixth career start for the Yankees on Saturday night. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 5.20) makes his sixth start for Texas, and 227th of his career.
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