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And he came here, anyway. Lyo... Brandon Lyon signed a minor-league contract with the Los Angeles Angels in February as an invitation to spring training, not a ticket home to the Salt Lake Valley. In early April, when the Angels made him one of their last cuts and assigned him to the Salt Lake Bees, the former Taylorsville High School star faced a dilemma about whether to keep pursuing pro baseball at age 33. The fact that he would be pitching in Salt Lake City definitely played into his decision. And he came here, anyway. Lyo... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57854082@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:37:53 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Johnson likes team’s progress despite loss to Albuquerque http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57851307-77/johnson-lake-salt-bees.html.csp Twenty games into the Pacific Coast League season, Salt Lake Keith Johnson likes what he sees, despite the Bees’ 7-13 record. “We’re in a great place,” Johnson said after Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Albuquerque at wind-blown Smith’s Ballpark. “ … One through 25, I feel very comfortable where we are right now.” Mostly, Johnson likes the improvement his starting pitchers have shown. Against Albuquerque, for example, Jose Alvarez returned from the parent Los Angeles Angels and pitched into the fifth inni... Twenty games into the Pacific Coast League season, Salt Lake Keith Johnson likes what he sees, despite the Bees’ 7-13 record. “We’re in a great place,” Johnson said after Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Albuquerque at wind-blown Smith’s Ballpark. “ … One through 25, I feel very comfortable where we are right now.” Mostly, Johnson likes the improvement his starting pitchers have shown. Against Albuquerque, for example, Jose Alvarez returned from the parent Los Angeles Angels and pitched into the fifth inni... 57851307@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:57:02 MDT PCL baseball • Efren Navarro sets Salt Lake Bees hits record in win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57846821-77/navarro-lake-salt-bees.html.csp Efren Navarro was taken in the 50th round of baseball’s 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Seven years later, he made Bees’ history. Navarro’s two-run double in the third inning made him the franchise’s all-time leader in hits and Salt Lake rallied for a 6-4 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Navarro added another double in the fifth, giving him 502 hits in a Bees’ uniform. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” he said. “Obviously the goal is the be in the big leagues ­— break ... Efren Navarro was taken in the 50th round of baseball’s 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Seven years later, he made Bees’ history. Navarro’s two-run double in the third inning made him the franchise’s all-time leader in hits and Salt Lake rallied for a 6-4 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Navarro added another double in the fifth, giving him 502 hits in a Bees’ uniform. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” he said. “Obviously the goal is the be in the big leagues ­— break ... 57846821@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:37:01 MDT PCL baseball: Albuquerque’s 11-run first inning dooms Salt Lake Bees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57842839-77/lake-salt-brady-inning.html.csp Salt Lake pitcher Michael Brady will remember Easter Sunday for a long time. Just not for the right reason. Brady, making his first career start in his Triple-A debut, retired only one batter in one-third of an inning during Albuquerque’s 13-12 victory over the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark. The Isotopes scored 11 runs in the top of the first before barely holding on. Brady started in place of veteran Joe Martinez, who retired on Saturday after struggling this season. “It kind of threw us for a loop... Salt Lake pitcher Michael Brady will remember Easter Sunday for a long time. Just not for the right reason. Brady, making his first career start in his Triple-A debut, retired only one batter in one-third of an inning during Albuquerque’s 13-12 victory over the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark. The Isotopes scored 11 runs in the top of the first before barely holding on. Brady started in place of veteran Joe Martinez, who retired on Saturday after struggling this season. “It kind of threw us for a loop... 57842839@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:34:10 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Fast start lifts Rainiers over Bees, 8-5 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57824291-77/bees-lake-salt-innings.html.csp The host Tacoma Rainiers took a seven-run lead after two innings and held on to beat the Salt Lake Bees 8-5 on Tuesday night in a Pacific Coast League game. Salt Lake starter Joe Martinez (0-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits over four innings. He had seven strikeouts. The Bees rallied for three runs in the sixth inning, with C.J. Cron hitting an RBI double and Brennan Boesch adding a two-run homer. The Salt Lake Tribune The host Tacoma Rainiers took a seven-run lead after two innings and held on to beat the Salt Lake Bees 8-5 on Tuesday night in a Pacific Coast League game. Salt Lake starter Joe Martinez (0-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits over four innings. He had seven strikeouts. The Bees rallied for three runs in the sixth inning, with C.J. Cron hitting an RBI double and Brennan Boesch adding a two-run homer. The Salt Lake Tribune 57824291@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:30:02 MDT PCL: Fresno’s Ford escapes serious injury, club reports http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57807065-77/ford-fresno-wall-bees.html.csp The Fresno Grizzlies say outfielder Darren Ford escaped serious injury after crashing face-first into the wall during Thursday night’s 11-4 win over Salt Lake. “Darren is OK,” the club said Friday morning via Twitter. “He’s flying back with us to Fresno today. We appreciate your thoughts — very scary indeed. He got a concussion but he’s with us. We are at the airport now.” With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning at Smith’s Ballpark, the Bees’ Brennan Boesch lifted a slicing fly down the ... The Fresno Grizzlies say outfielder Darren Ford escaped serious injury after crashing face-first into the wall during Thursday night’s 11-4 win over Salt Lake. “Darren is OK,” the club said Friday morning via Twitter. “He’s flying back with us to Fresno today. We appreciate your thoughts — very scary indeed. He got a concussion but he’s with us. We are at the airport now.” With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning at Smith’s Ballpark, the Bees’ Brennan Boesch lifted a slicing fly down the ... 57807065@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:07:01 MDT Bees: Fresno’s Darren Ford injured, taken to hospital during win at Salt Lake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57804324-77/fresno-lake-salt-ford.html.csp Baseball took a backseat to real life during Fresno’s 11-4 victory over Salt Lake on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bees’ Brennan Boesch lifted a slicing fly ball down the left field line. The Grizzlies’ Darren Ford raced over and made a diving attempt for the ball, but he missed and slammed head-first into the wall just beyond the Fresno bullpen. Ford’s teammates raced to his side and signaled to the dugout for help. After lying on the f... Baseball took a backseat to real life during Fresno’s 11-4 victory over Salt Lake on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bees’ Brennan Boesch lifted a slicing fly ball down the left field line. The Grizzlies’ Darren Ford raced over and made a diving attempt for the ball, but he missed and slammed head-first into the wall just beyond the Fresno bullpen. Ford’s teammates raced to his side and signaled to the dugout for help. After lying on the f... 57804324@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:49:01 MDT Salt Lake Bees’ rally against Fresno falls just short http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57799702-77/bees-inning-game-lake.html.csp The ball cracked off Grant Green’s bat. The Salt Lake Bees shortstop started to trot toward first, wondering if he had just knocked in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. The long shot sailed and sailed toward center, but landed safely in the glove of Fresno’s Gary Brown at the warning track. No heroics on Wednesday night. Not for the Salt Lake Bees. A night after the Bees (4-3) won a 12-inning matchup on a walkoff homer, they fell short in a 10-7 loss to Fresno (2-5). Green’s final shot ... The ball cracked off Grant Green’s bat. The Salt Lake Bees shortstop started to trot toward first, wondering if he had just knocked in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. The long shot sailed and sailed toward center, but landed safely in the glove of Fresno’s Gary Brown at the warning track. No heroics on Wednesday night. Not for the Salt Lake Bees. A night after the Bees (4-3) won a 12-inning matchup on a walkoff homer, they fell short in a 10-7 loss to Fresno (2-5). Green’s final shot ... 57799702@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:45:01 MDT Salt Lake Bees win 6-5 on C.J. Cron’s walk-off homer in 12th http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57792551-77/green-start-hot-bees.html.csp Bees infielder Grant Green has learned an important lesson while working his way up the rungs of professional baseball - you’re never as good as you look during your hot stretches or as bad as you appear when you’re going cold. But with that in mind, Green said there is reason to ride the optimism of a hot start to the season, something he and several other Bees have done. After Salt Lake’s 6-5, 12-inning win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday, Green is hitting .423 with a 1.021 OPS. “Everyon... Bees infielder Grant Green has learned an important lesson while working his way up the rungs of professional baseball - you’re never as good as you look during your hot stretches or as bad as you appear when you’re going cold. But with that in mind, Green said there is reason to ride the optimism of a hot start to the season, something he and several other Bees have done. After Salt Lake’s 6-5, 12-inning win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday, Green is hitting .423 with a 1.021 OPS. “Everyon... 57792551@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:10:46 MDT PCL baseball: Salt Lake pitcher Brandon Lyons comes full circle, helps Bees beat Fresno http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57787462-77/lyon-bees-lake-major.html.csp It was his first day with the Salt Lake Bees, and relief pitcher Brandon Lyon skipped up the steps of the home dugout down the first-base line. The memories began to flow, fresh and thick, as he took a look around. A 12-year major league veteran, Lyon has traversed the country, and he has stood in the center of diamonds housed by cathedrals, in the footsteps of all-time greats. But there was a time before that, before the money and the big-league glitz and glamour, when Lyon was just a teenage k... It was his first day with the Salt Lake Bees, and relief pitcher Brandon Lyon skipped up the steps of the home dugout down the first-base line. The memories began to flow, fresh and thick, as he took a look around. A 12-year major league veteran, Lyon has traversed the country, and he has stood in the center of diamonds housed by cathedrals, in the footsteps of all-time greats. But there was a time before that, before the money and the big-league glitz and glamour, when Lyon was just a teenage k... 57787462@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:32:02 MDT Monday’s Bees game delayed, will start at 7:45 p.m. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57787524-77/bees-game-delayed-grizzlies.html.csp Monday night’s Salt Lake Bees game has been delayed until 7:45 p.m. due to travel problems experienced by the Fresno Grizzlies, who are coming to town for a four-game series. Justin Thomas will start on the mound for the Bees, who split their opening series against the Sacramento River Cats, while Chris Heston gets the nod for the Grizzlies. Monday night’s Salt Lake Bees game has been delayed until 7:45 p.m. due to travel problems experienced by the Fresno Grizzlies, who are coming to town for a four-game series. Justin Thomas will start on the mound for the Bees, who split their opening series against the Sacramento River Cats, while Chris Heston gets the nod for the Grizzlies. 57787524@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:52:01 MDT PCL baseball: Taylor Lindsey hits first home run, but Salt Lake Bees lose http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57782872-77/bees-lindsey-lake-salt.html.csp It’s all about patience for Taylor Lindsey. As the top prospect in the Los Angeles Angels organization, the Bees second baseman is a bit of a target each time he steps to the plate. Indeed, Lindsey’s seen a steady diet of curves and change-ups thrown to the outside during most of his at-bats. That’s why his first home run, in Salt Lake’s 9-6 loss to Sacramento on Sunday night, was special. Lindsey wasn’t jumpy. He’s figuring out how to take pitches. In short, for all of his physical talent, he’s... It’s all about patience for Taylor Lindsey. As the top prospect in the Los Angeles Angels organization, the Bees second baseman is a bit of a target each time he steps to the plate. Indeed, Lindsey’s seen a steady diet of curves and change-ups thrown to the outside during most of his at-bats. That’s why his first home run, in Salt Lake’s 9-6 loss to Sacramento on Sunday night, was special. Lindsey wasn’t jumpy. He’s figuring out how to take pitches. In short, for all of his physical talent, he’s... 57782872@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:35:07 MDT Salt Lake Bees lose to Sacramento 12-7 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776945-77/sacramento-bees-lake-salt.html.csp On a blustery 40-degree Saturday night, Sacramento cooled off the Salt Lake Bees. Alden Carrithers went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Michael Taylor contributed a two-run homer as the River Cats rolled to an easy 12-7 win at Smith’s Ballpark. Salt Lake suffered its first loss of the young Pacific Coast League season after beating Sacramento twice by a combined score of 21-7. The game featured a rare four-strikeout inning by Salt Lake starter Joe Martinez. In the top of the second, Martinez fanned S... On a blustery 40-degree Saturday night, Sacramento cooled off the Salt Lake Bees. Alden Carrithers went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Michael Taylor contributed a two-run homer as the River Cats rolled to an easy 12-7 win at Smith’s Ballpark. Salt Lake suffered its first loss of the young Pacific Coast League season after beating Sacramento twice by a combined score of 21-7. The game featured a rare four-strikeout inning by Salt Lake starter Joe Martinez. In the top of the second, Martinez fanned S... 57776945@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:09:06 MDT Salt Lake Bees: J.B. Shuck’s homer leads to 8-3 win in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57771946-77/shuck-bees-lake-salt.html.csp The red-white-and-blue bunting had been unfurled on the facade of the upper concourses, and the sounds of Opening Day — balls jumping off bats and thumping into leather — echoed through the chilly air. J.B. Shuck wore a Bees’ practice jersey. A season after finishing fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting for hitting .293 in 129 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Shuck was here, in a Triple-A ballpark in a Triple-A town. He smiled as his teammates behind him took batti... The red-white-and-blue bunting had been unfurled on the facade of the upper concourses, and the sounds of Opening Day — balls jumping off bats and thumping into leather — echoed through the chilly air. J.B. Shuck wore a Bees’ practice jersey. A season after finishing fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting for hitting .293 in 129 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Shuck was here, in a Triple-A ballpark in a Triple-A town. He smiled as his teammates behind him took batti... 57771946@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:22:52 MDT PCL baseball: Salt Lake Bees beat Sacramento River Cats, 13-4 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776818-77/bees-lake-salt-runs.html.csp Salt Lake Bees manager Keith Johnson sat on the sofa in his clubhouse and put his hands behind his head. He looked relaxed. He let out a smile and calmly explained how the many explosive bats in his lineup lend to scoring a lot of runs. This is what can happen when you dominate offensively. For the second consecutive night, the Bees were lethal at the plate, defeating Sacramento 13-4 at Smith’s Field on Friday night. And for as impressive as Salt Lake was in Thursday night’s win, the Bees were a... Salt Lake Bees manager Keith Johnson sat on the sofa in his clubhouse and put his hands behind his head. He looked relaxed. He let out a smile and calmly explained how the many explosive bats in his lineup lend to scoring a lot of runs. This is what can happen when you dominate offensively. For the second consecutive night, the Bees were lethal at the plate, defeating Sacramento 13-4 at Smith’s Field on Friday night. And for as impressive as Salt Lake was in Thursday night’s win, the Bees were a... 57776818@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:38:33 MDT Gallery: Baseball opening day in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57764750-77/lake-salt-baseball-gallery.html.csp There’s still plenty of good skiing in the mountains, but the baseball season has arrived in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Bees open their season Thursday night at newly named Smith Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. against the Sacramento River Cats. Check out our gallery of opening days of the past. There’s still plenty of good skiing in the mountains, but the baseball season has arrived in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Bees open their season Thursday night at newly named Smith Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. against the Sacramento River Cats. Check out our gallery of opening days of the past. 57764750@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:10:22 MDT Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute Cron feeling at home with Salt Lake Bees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57763056-77/cron-lake-salt-bees.html.csp Sleet came down steadily, a white tarp covered the infield and a baseball park never looked better to C.J. Cron. When the Los Angeles Angels drafted him from the University of Utah in 2011, Cron knew his professional future likely included a return to everything that made him comfortable and happy for three years — meatball sandwiches at Moochie’s, shared housing with Ute teammate Jo Jo Sharrar and the batter’s box at 13th South & West Temple. Cron once thought, “How awesome would that be?” And... Sleet came down steadily, a white tarp covered the infield and a baseball park never looked better to C.J. Cron. When the Los Angeles Angels drafted him from the University of Utah in 2011, Cron knew his professional future likely included a return to everything that made him comfortable and happy for three years — meatball sandwiches at Moochie’s, shared housing with Ute teammate Jo Jo Sharrar and the batter’s box at 13th South & West Temple. Cron once thought, “How awesome would that be?” And... 57763056@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:44:30 MDT Salt Lake Bees: High hopes abound on Opening Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57764839-77/bees-sacramento-fresno-april.html.csp After weeks of drills on the backfields of spring training complexes under the warm Arizona sun and meaningless exhibitions, the Salt Lake Bees are eager to finally play a game that matters. The Bees will kick off their season Thursday against the Sacramento River Cats, something the players have been looking forward to as the mundane routine of spring training took its toll. “You can only play so many non-meaningful games until it starts getting to you,” said first baseman C.J.Cron, who begins ... After weeks of drills on the backfields of spring training complexes under the warm Arizona sun and meaningless exhibitions, the Salt Lake Bees are eager to finally play a game that matters. The Bees will kick off their season Thursday against the Sacramento River Cats, something the players have been looking forward to as the mundane routine of spring training took its toll. “You can only play so many non-meaningful games until it starts getting to you,” said first baseman C.J.Cron, who begins ... 57764839@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:52:02 MDT Bees: Talented roster offers a mix of youth and experience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57760414-77/bees-guys-johnson-roster.html.csp Bees manager Keith Johnson grew excited as spring training wound down in Arizona and the roster he’d have to work with this season became more clear. He looked over the names that will populate the Bees’ dugout when the season begins Thursday. There was youth and experience, and there was a collection of personalities well-suited to the rigors of a long baseball season. And there was talent. Enough talent, in fact, that Johnson and his players are optimistic that another trip to the playoffs cou... Bees manager Keith Johnson grew excited as spring training wound down in Arizona and the roster he’d have to work with this season became more clear. He looked over the names that will populate the Bees’ dugout when the season begins Thursday. There was youth and experience, and there was a collection of personalities well-suited to the rigors of a long baseball season. And there was talent. Enough talent, in fact, that Johnson and his players are optimistic that another trip to the playoffs cou... 57760414@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:54:04 MDT