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James Paxton talked his way into defining Yankees moment

Aaron Boone went to the mound with two outs in the top of the sixth with James Paxton pitching as well as the Yankees could have hoped. The manager normally visits pitchers only to take them out. This time, after a brief chat with Paxton, Boone left him in to finish the inning. “He gave me the chance to compete and keep on going,’’ Paxton said after the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium on Friday. “I wanted it. And I did everything I could.” After having struck out Robinson Chirinos twice, Paxton saw the catcher turn on a pitch to deep left field. It seemed like it might get to the seats to draw the Astros to within a run, but came up just short, as Brett Gardner made the catch to en ...