Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Split-Game Buzz Is All about Bees

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Split-Game Buzz Is All about Bees

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This was no 'B' game.

The Diamondbacks' grounds crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse a swarm of bees that delayed the San Francisco Giants' split squad's 11-1 win against Arizona for 41 minutes in the second inning Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning, a dark cloud appeared in right field, sending Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young sprinting toward left.

"I didn't see them at first I just heard them," Young said. "I am not afraid of one or two of them. I wouldn't flinch at that. When you start talking about 500, 600 of them, yea, I am afraid of that. I would be afraid of anything of that many. If there were that many mosquitoes, I would be afraid of that."

The bees moved toward the right-field line then down to the Giants dugout behind first base. Two sections of fans near the dugout were evacuated and the bees settled in a camera well adjacent to the dugout. The grounds crew smeared a combination of concession- stand lemonade and cotton candy on two utility carts and lured many of the bees away from fans and players. Some of the bees, however, found a perch on a television camera. Only one person reported being stung, a Salt River Fields employee.

NATIONALS

Given all he has been through the last year, it was hardly surprising Stephen Strasburg was "amped up" for his spring training debut. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out three and gave up two runs and three hits in Washington's 10-2 loss to Houston. After having Tommy John surgery in 2010 and making just five starts in September, Strasburg was happy with throwing 44 pitches, 26 for strikes. "The biggest thing I noticed was that it was very easy for me to go out there," Strasburg said. "I was a little erratic at times, but I know that's going to come with repetitions and just fine-tuning the mechanics."

DODGERS

Clayton Kershaw pitched in his first game of the spring Sunday, completely overpowering minor league hitters in two scoreless innings of an intrasquad game. …

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