Gerut Dealt After Tribe Tops Royals

Jason Dubois ... acquired from Cubs.

Jody Gerut was traded to the Chicago Cubs minutes after the Indians got a 6-2 victory at Jacobs Field in a rain-shortened game called in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cleveland got right-handed outfielder Jason Dubois from the Cubs.

Gerut grew up in Chicago, but was a White Sox fan. He said he was shocked by the trade, admitted that he'll quickly have to learn to switch allegiance and that he is looking forward to playing in legendary Wrigley Field.

The Indians believe Dubois (pronounced dew-BOYCE) could fill their need for power from the right side of the plate. The 26-year-old was recently sent back to the minors after hitting .239 (34-for-142) with seven homers and 22 RBI in 52 games for the Cubs.

Last season at Class AAA Iowa, he hit .316 (122-for-386) with 32 homers and 99 RBI in 109 games. Called up to the Cubs for a couple of brief trials in 2004, he hit .217 (5-for-23) with one homer and five RBI in 20 games.

"This is a pure baseball trade in the sense that we are trading a player we like in Jody Gerut for a player that we feel has a lot of offensive potential and compliments our club well, both now and in the future," general manager Mark Shapiro said in a statement released by the team. "Jason Dubois is a power right-handed bat that we have had interest in acquiring for some time."

Shapiro was in Columbus, watching the Indians' Class AAA farm team, the Buffalo Bisons, play the Clippers -- top farm club of the New York Yankees. That visit leads the speculation that Shapiro is getting a first-hand look at players from each organization that could possibly be dealt in a trade prior to the trading deadline.

Dubois, a 14th-round draft pick in 2000 out of Virginia Commonwealth, was a 2002 All-Star in the Florida State League at Class A Daytona when he hit .321, with 20 homers and 85 RBI.. He made the Southern League All-Star team at Class AA West Tennessee in 2003 when he hit .269, with 15 homers and 73 RBI. After the 2003 season, he was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League (.358, nine homers, 29 RBI).

Gerut hit .275 (38-for-138) in 44 games with one homer and 12 RBI for the Indians after being called up from Buffalo, where he was on a rehab assignment. He made a quick recovery from reconstructive surgery on his right knee last Sept. 19.

He drove in a run with an infield single in his final at-bat for Cleveland, giving the Indians a 6-2 lead with one out in the bottom of the fifth. With Aaron Boone at bat and the bases loaded, the rain started again and after a wait of one hour, 23 minutes, the game was called.

Cliff Lee (10-4) got credit for his first complete game -- though it looked like he might not survive the first inning. He yielded a leadoff homer to David DeJesus and three more hits and another run in the inning ... then didn't give up another safety for four innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Jhonny Peralta had three hits, Victor Martinez scored three runs and Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who held a players meeting before the game and then went out and broke a five-game losing streak.

MINOR MATTERS

CLASS AAA BUFFALO (54-42)
lost at Columbus, 1-0, though the Bisons outhit the Clippers, 8-6. Fausto Carmona (2-1, 2.17 ERA), fresh off his one-day stint with the Indians in Cleveland, allowed one run over eight innings. He struck out six without a walk. Jeff Liefer (.319) and Andy Abad (.264) each had two hits for Buffalo.

CLASS AA AKRON (52-42) got only two hits and was blanked at New Hampshire, 6-0. Jake Dittler (5-7, 3.42 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings. Brian Slocum, just activated from the disabled list, yielded one run over 1 2/3 innings.

CLASS A KINSTON (10-13) won at Frederick, 6-4. Tom Mastny (4-2, 2.78 ERA) gave up one run over five innings, striking out eight. Scott Roehl (1.79 ERA) pitched three perfect innings, striking out three. Matt Davis (5.98 ERA) gave up three runs without getting a batter out before Jim Ed Warden (3.43 ERA) got three straight outs for his second save.

CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (10-13) lost at Delmarva, 4-3. Chris Gimenez (.216) had two hits and two RBI and Tim Montgomery (.301) went 2-for-5 for the Captains. Aaron Laffey (2.42 ERA) yielded three runs (two earned) over five innings. Ryan Knippschild (1.89 ERA) worked two perfect innings, but Kyle Collins (4-5, 2.80 ERA) gave up one run and three hits in one inning to lose it.

CLASS A MAHONING VALLEY (14-13) rolled to an 8-0 victory over visiting Lowell. Joe Ness (2-0, 1.23 ERA) gave up three hits and one walk, striking out five, over six innings. Matt Loberg (3.18 ERA) struck out three and gave up one hit over three innings for his first save. Evandy DeLeon, recently brought up from Burlington, hit a three-run homer, his second, and drove in four runs with two hits. Trevor Mortensen (.359) and John Clark (.241) also had two hits apiece.

ROOKIE LEAGUE BURLINGTON (11-15) was postponed by rain.

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