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10/06/2008 3:41 PM ET
Scott Lewis of the Cleveland Indians named winner of the American League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette for September
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Lewis has been named the September recipient of the American League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette.

Lewis made four starts in September and went 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 24.0 innings pitched. The 25-year-old left-hander permitted 20 hits with six walks and 15 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .222 batting average. In his Major League debut on September 10th at Baltimore, Scott tossed 8.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with three strikeouts in the 7-1 victory. The 8.0 shutout innings by Lewis was the second-longest starting debut since 1956 by an Indians pitcher without allowing a run. Only Luis Tiant's complete-game shutout in 1965 tops Lewis. The West Covina, California native hurled 6.0 shutout innings in his next start on September 15 against the Minnesota Twins, and allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in the 3-1 win. The 14.0 scoreless innings streak to begin his career was the longest by an Indians pitcher since 1969. Lewis, who was selected by the Indians in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player draft out of The Ohio State University, closed the month with victories against the Detroit Tigers on September 21 st and at the Chicago White Sox on September 26th, pitching 5.0 innings in each of the two starts.

Other rookies receiving votes included Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.344, 31 H, 20 R, 7 SB); and Texas Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden (.341, 14 H, 5 HR, 16 RBI).

As part of Gillette's involvement, fans, for the first time, had a voice this season in selecting the Rookie of the Month winners by voting online each month at www.mlb.com/gillette. The online fan vote represented 20% of the overall vote with the remaining votes coming from team baseball writers and Club broadcasters.

Gillette, the presenting sponsor of the American League Rookie of the Month Award will donate $5,000 on behalf of Scott Lewis to the Club's official charity.

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