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Taylor Lindsey returns to Salt Lake as the opposition

By Ryan Miller

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, Aug. 9 2014 10:49 p.m. MDT

Bees' Taylor Lindsey hits the ball during the baseball game at Smith's Ballpark Monday, May 26, 2014 in Salt Lake City.

Hugh Carey, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — On July 18, former Bees second baseman Taylor Lindsey was preparing to take the field for Salt Lake when manager Keith Johnson told him he would not be playing.

“ ‘What's going on' was the first thing I thought," Lindsay said. "(Johnson) told me what might happen. I went out there, coached first base, but kept going back in and checking my phone."

In the eighth inning he received a call telling him he was being traded to the San Diego organization.

On Thursday, Lindsey returned to Smith's Ballpark, but this time sat in the visitors dugout, playing with the Padre's Triple-A affiliate El Paso.

Lindsey is enjoying his time so far as the Chihuahuas won their third game of the series 11-7 Saturday.

"It's good, it's fun, it's a fun team to play on," Lindsay said of El Paso. "It's better to live in Salt Lake, that's all I've got to say. In El Paso, you can see Mexico from the field, see the border. Both are great place to go and play, I'm happy either way."

He may prefer to live in Salt Lake, but his opportunity with the San Diego organization is much clearer. While the Angels are in the midst of a pennant race, the Padres have no playoff aspirations. The teams' opposite paths are what forced the trade of Lindsey, who was part of a package Los Angeles sent to the Padres for closer Huston Street. A prospect-filled September may be in store for San Diego, and Lindsey could be a benefactor.

Lindsey drew a walk and scored in his team's victory on Saturday, but his and everyone else's contributions were overshadowed by a bizarre string of plays in the bottom of the seventh.

After Bees second baseman Vance Albitz reached first with a rare two strike bunt single, teammate Tony Campana bunted down what appeared to be an easy out, but after two errors and mass chaos brought Albitz and Campana to second and third before both scored on a Brennan Boesch sacrifice fly.

"I bunted it and I was mad at myself," Campana said. (The pitcher) dropped it, so then I was a little happy. Then I saw him throw it into right, so I thought I could go to second, but (Albitz) stopped at second, so I was mad at myself again. Then I was stuck in a run down. Then the right fielder threw it to third and threw it away, so it all worked out all right I guess. After a two strike bunt, then I score from second on a sac fly. That's three weird plays in a row."

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