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Yasiel Puig's inspiration behind becoming an American citizen

Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig explained Thursday that he decided to become an American citizen because his mother , Maritza, had done so a couple months prior.

Puig said he put in a lot of time practicing the 100 questions for his naturalization test, and was asked six or seven.

But he doesn’t like boxing because, as he put it, “One punch and then they run around like chickens.”

Since being traded to the Indians , Puig is hitting .357 with one homer in 11 games heading into Thursday.

The Indians have had four players become U.S. citizens this season, including Puig, Carlos Santana , Oliver Perez and Hanley Ramirez (since waived).

“That’s the cool part, to see how excited they actually are,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

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