In fact, Monday was the first time Pauley, who was recalled from Double-A Portland a week ago, ever even set foot in Yankee Stadium.
"I went out and took some pictures of all the statues and plaques in the outfield," Pauley said. "It's everything I ever imagined. A lot of history, a great place to be."
It was not a great place for the Red Sox to be on Monday, as they were ripped, 13-5, by a New York team that was without Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter.
But Pauley, who gave up 11 hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings to the Blue Jays in his debut, will try to turn things back in Boston's favor.
"It's one of the toughest lineups in baseball," Pauley said. "You've still got Jeter and [Alex Rodriguez] and [Jason] Giambi, those three guys alone. You've heard about them and they're obviously tough outs."
Red Sox veterans, including ace Curt Schilling, have been doing their best to mentor Pauley.
"He's not climbing Mount Everest," said Schilling. "He's playing a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. The challenge is strike one and getting ahead of the hitters. I think he'll be all right from a mental standpoint."
BOS: RHP David Pauley (0-0, 12.46 ERA)
Pauley gave up six runs on 11 hits in his Major League debut against Toronto last week, and it could have been worse. The rookie right-hander got double-play grounders to end each of the first three innings before getting the hook in a four-run fourth. The 22-year-old Pauley was called up from Double-A Portland to pitch in place of David Wells, who is out with a sore right knee.
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (5-2, 4.82 ERA)
Wang has won four of his last five decisions and is 0-1 vs. the Red Sox this season. He's 3-1 with a 4.14 ERA at Yankee Stadium this year.
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Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is 6-for-10 lifetime against Wang with one homer.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 8-2, 3.86) at Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 3-3, 4.12), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-7, 4.05) at Yankees (LHP Randy Johnson, 7-4, 5.33), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Matt Clement, 5-4, 6.68) vs. Rangers (RHP Vicente Padilla, 5-4, 5.29), 7:05 p.m. ET