Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6

Several folks living in Encino, Calif., even those non-baseball fans, know of Kevin Millar.

That's because of a beaming, blond woman who, in most encounters, announces with notable enthusiasm, ''I'm Kevin Millar's mom."

Of late?

''She's been incognito," Millar said. ''I haven't been her son."

Nor had Millar been a proud son of New England's baseball fans, a populace that had taken to booing him so severely of late that he, like Mark Bellhorn before him, looked in ...

They are 23 1/2 games out of first in the American League East, tagged with more losses (79) than all but two of the 30 teams in the major leagues.

But according to Jorge Cantu, Tampa Bay's previous blemishes can be chucked out the window.

''It's September," the Devil Rays second baseman said before last night's game at Fenway Park. ''We start over again."

Even though they ended August with a 7-6 loss last night, the Devil Rays considering the new month a clean sl...