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02 June 2009: Chone Figgins #9 of the Los Angeles Angels takes a big cut on June 2, 2009 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jays beat the Angels 6-4 in this night game at the Rogers Center in Toronto, ON. Photo via Newscom

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Chone Figgins is putting in extra work this spring after a rough first season with the Seattle Mariners. It appears to be paying off. The veteran infielder has been taking a lot of groundballs at third base, shortstop and second base. His fielding isn't what will likely put Figgins in the spotlight in Seattle, though. He is expected to start the season as the Mariners' new leadoff man, succeeding Ichiro Suzuki, who held the spot for 11 seasons. Suzuki will hit third in manager Eric Wedge's batting order. Figgins, who batted .188 in 81 games last season, doesn't see his new role as a fresh start for an underachieving player. The difference for him is that he's back from a hip flexor injury that cost him the last two months of last season. ''I'm healthy this year,'' Figgins said after being the last player off the practice fields Monday. ''Healthy, and being able to get back out here and play baseball like I can. It's not so much about the leadoff spot, it's about, you know, I ha...
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