12:46 AM ET

NEW YORK — Since he was in the minor leagues, James Paxton, whether he wins, loses or draws a no-decision, has done the exact same thing in the days after he makes a start.

He picks up the phone.

The left-handed pitcher’s post-outing routine regularly includes long conversations with the dedicated sports psychologist he connected with years ago after signing with mega-agent Scott Boras.

On the heels of a disappointing five-run, four-inning shelling at Houston last week, and with his first foray into the YankeesRed Sox rivalry looming this week, the southpaw felt compelled in recent days to chat with the psychologist not once but twice.

“It was big,” Paxton said. “Those conversations definitely helped.”

A 12-strikeout two-hitter across eight masterful innings was evidence of just how much they did.

Chris Sale dropped to 0-4 this season after losing to the Yankees on Tuesday. His four losses match his total for the 2018 season.

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was placed on the 10-day IL with a left plantar fascia tear, and manager Aaron Boone thinks the injury will keep him out “at least a month.” Luke Voit will start in Bird’s absence.

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