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Scott Lewis Wins Spot in Indians' Rotation, Slated to Throw Home Opener

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Scott Lewis of the Cleveland Indians poses during photo day at the Indians spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Chris KreitzerSenior Analyst IMarch 25, 2009

In a mild surprise, left hander Scott Lewis has been named the final spot open in the starting rotation for the Cleveland Indians. His main competition, Aaron Laffey, was knocked around yesterday for four runs in a minor league game and was subsequently sent to Triple A camp.

Lewis, out of THE Ohio State University, is expected to actually start the fourth game of the season, the Indians home opener against Toronto.

Since there are so many off days in April, Anthony Reyes will assume the fifth spot to take a little stress off of his sore elbow injury of 2008.

This will definitely not be the last we see of young Laffey, as he will fill the de facto role of sixth starter, eventual replacement to Hot Carl Pavano and his rising ERA.

Much more on the TTO later today about the last two roster spots and how the Tribe looks closing out Cactus League action.

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