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Paxton finds groove as Yankees take first game of weekend series from Red Sox

James Paxton’s shoulders slumped ever so slightly as he returned to the dugout with three outs in the books, once again mystified by his continued inability to work a clean first inning. Then Gleyber Torres sent a grand slam into the left-field seats, and all seemed right within the Yankees’ universe.

That is the version of Paxton that the Yankees need to see more as they drive toward the postseason, especially now that they know their only reinforcements are likely to come from within. Torres’ first-inning grand slam off Eduardo Rodriguez held up as the difference in a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.