15 SECONDS OF FAME: The Rays have been hurt by their share of opponents. On Sunday, 17-year-old ballboy Colin Braun almost did them in. McCracken was on first with one out in the third when Kelly laced a ball that landed just over third base and skipped toward the leftfield corner. Third-base umpire Ed Hickox called it fair, but Braun thought it was foul and picked it up, making the ball dead. Kelly was on second and McCracken rounding third, but the umpires wouldn't let McCracken score. Rothschild argued, to no avail. "There's no question he would have scored," Rothschild said. "It's (the umpire's) judgment where the runner would have gotten to."
_ MARC TOPKIN