Kevin Youkilis on his ninth inning home run: "It was a rough day, but you can have four bad at-bats in this game and still go out there and do something. I call it a Bellhorn Day. Mark was the best at that. He’d have three bad at-bats and then - boom! - a home run to win the game."
David Pauley's second major league start will be Tuesday in Yankee Stadium. Francona: "All things considered, we felt it was a good idea for him to pitch again. He showed enough poise, he did sink the ball. He gave up a lot of hits, and didn't command at times ... but we saw enough to [start him again], rather than have somebody else come into Yankee Stadium for the first time."
Pauley: "Any kid who has ever grown up playing baseball dreams of playing at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. It's a dream come true. I'm excited about it. ... I don't really know how to put it into words, but it means a lot to me to have the confidence in me to let me go back out there."
Curt Schilling broke out a new pitch last night -- a sinking two-seamer. "It's something I've been messing with and I'm going to possibly mess with later in the year."
Steven Krasner looks at the many bumps in the Sox's 2006 road -- both physical (Wells, Pena, Loretta, Timlin, Crisp) and otherwise (Clement, Varitek). He notes that the Yankees also have their problems (Matsui, Sheffield and Posada). ... Mariano Rivera has missed a few games because of lower back spasms -- suffered while putting on his shoes. "When it happened, I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a little thing, then all of a sudden, I couldn't move my legs. ... I'm just taking it day-by-day."