Dustin Pedroia, on the four-game lead:
I don't care what people's nerves are. We have a four-game lead with  games to go. It's better than being four games behind. Confident? Why wouldn't we be? We have the best record in baseball. Let off the panic button a little bit, you know what I mean?(In the fine tradition of sports columnists, I have used a beyond-stale pop culture reference as the title of this post in an attempt to be funny and hip.) And for those people who think the Red Sox are choking, Eric Wilbur invites you to look at what the Dodgers and Brewers have done lately.
Bobby Kielty, on his Fenway debut: "I was very excited, extremely excited about it. It's the team I always wanted to play for since I was a little boy. My dad was from the area. It's the team I always rooted for."
Kevin Youkilis is hitting .114 (4-for-35) in his last 10 games. His OBP hasn't been this low (.389) since April 26. He has also struck out 25 times in his last 21 games. Plus, as Chad Finn writes, Yook "was a lot more likable before he decided he should be able to call his own balls and strikes".