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COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Ohio State Buckeye left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis earned a spot on the Cleveland Indians’ 40-man roster, the team announced Monday.

Lewis, 24, pitched the entire 2007 season at AA Akron of the Indians’ organization where he went 7-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 games (25 starts).  Lewis was the Tribe’s third round (77th overall) selection of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.  In 2006 at A Kinston, his season ERA of 1.48 was the lowest earned run average among qualifying pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball.

While playing for the Buckeyes, Lewis won 18 games with a sparkling 2.38 ERA, third on the all-time list at Ohio State. Lewis also ranks second all-time in winning percentage (.857) and 10th in strikeouts (241) at Ohio State.

The Rule 5 Draft, which allows teams to dip into other organization’s Minor League systems for talent, will be Dec. 6 during baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville. To read more about Lewis’ promotion to Cleveland’s 40-man roster, log on to:

http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071119&content_id=2304075&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle. 

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