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ANGELS NOTEBOOK: A NEW HOME FOR FIGGINS?

Byline: DOUG PADILLA Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Chone Figgins says he feels at home in center field, a residency that could be short-lived depending on offseason maneuverings that could wind up with the utility man getting traded.

``I'm starting to love center field a little bit because it's just fun to get out there and run,'' Figgins said. ``I never got to actually run around in baseball except for on the base paths. I've always watched guys go out there like (Ken) Griffey (Jr.) and those guys go out there and run in the outfield. I always thought it would be fun.''

It actually ended up being hard work that has paid off.

``I've been doing a better job on getting jumps, doing a better job on throwing to the base, getting a chance to throw people out,'' said Figgins, who did lose a ball in the sun Sunday that allowed a run to score.

The Chicago White Sox, who are in town this week, could be a trade partner since they likely will be shopping for a center fielder, left fielder and shortstop this winter.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is on record as saying he is a fan of Figgins. Before Monday's game, Guillen said the team will be on the market for speed, a sign that arbitration-eligible left fielder Scott Podsednik likely won't be tendered a contract this offseason.

Figgins could be part of a package to land White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, who is arbitration eligible after this season and is in the middle of a breakout season after a standout postseason. White Sox general manager Ken Williams has a tenuous relationship with Scott Boras, Crede's agent. Boras is an Angels season ticket holder and represents Jered Weaver and Chris Bootcheck.

Figgins, who is signed through 2008, would like to stay with the Angels, but there is a chance he could end up with a backup role if the team adds a center fielder and a third baseman. He likely would be dealt in that scenario.

Suspension appeal dropped: Brendan Donnelly dropped the appeal of his four-game suspension and began serving it Monday. Donnelly will miss all three games of the series against the White Sox and Thursday's game at Texas. His appeal was scheduled to be heard Friday at Texas.

It was at Texas on Sept. 16 that Donnelly earned the suspension when he hit a batter after both benches were given a warning. A half inning later the teams brawled after Adam Kennedy was hit by a pitch.

Channel change: The Angels' Sept. 23 game at Oakland will now be televised on Ch. 11 instead of on Ch. 13. The game time will continue to be 1:05 p.m.
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Date:Sep 12, 2006
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