Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Yankees' Chapman in process of becoming citizen

TAMPA — Aroldis Chapman is on the path to becoming a United States citizen, the New York Post reported.

"I am in the process right now,'' the Yankees closer told the Post when asked if he had become a citizen.

That process began last year for the left-hander, who last week was suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball for his involvement in a domestic violence incident in October.

"Eventually, when I become a citizen, if it happens, it's going to be something great,'' Chapman said. "It's a nice opportunity for me to become a U.S. citizen.''

While Chapman waits to complete the process, he doesn't have a date for when it will happen.

"Eventually I will get a call,'' Chapman said.

PROSPECT REPORT: Top Yankees prospects Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge both homered in New York's 6-4 win over the Red Sox. Mateo, rated the Yankees' top prospect by Baseball America, homered only twice last season at Class A while stealing 82 bases. The 6-7, 275-pound Judge, rated New York's No. 3 prospect, hit 20 homers between Double and Triple A. "I think you see the young players and how close they are getting," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The talent level, it's there."

Jays: Back to health

DUNEDIN — OF Michael Saunders, who was sidelined for most of last season because of a left knee injury, homered twice and drove in five runs in the Blue Jays' 9-6 victory over the Phillies.

Saunders hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run shot in the third. He added a single in the fifth.

"I feel like this is my first big-league camp all over again," Saunders said. "Certainly, a lot of nerves, butterflies, but more so, excitement. I'm feeling like a kid out there again. … I'm still incredibly thankful that I'm here right now after last year."

NO DECISION: Manager John Gibbons said it is too early to determine whether RHP Drew Hutchison will start the season in the rotation or the bullpen. Hutchison, 25, was Toronto's opening-day starter last season but labored with a 5.57 ERA in 30 games, 28 starts. He allowed one run and one hit in two innings against the Phillies.

Phils: Nola struggles

DUNEDIN — Phillies RHP Aaron Nola, a candidate to start the season opener April 1 against the Orioles, got roughed up in the first inning against the Blue Jays but settled down, retiring the side in order in the second.

"I wasn't really commanding the baseball," said Nola, who gave up four runs on two homers in the first inning of Philadelphia's 9-6 loss.

"My pitches were pretty much over the plate, and they made me pay for them. It was just something that I was getting behind the count."

INJURY REPORT: OF Aaron Altherr is day to day with a left wrist injury. He got hurt diving for a ball in rightfield during the first inning of Friday's 12-11 win over the Braves.

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