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A swarm of bees buzzed into Salt River Fields in Scottsdale on Sunday, forcing a 41-minute delay in the spring training game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.

With no score and one out in the top of the second, the Giants had runners on second and third and Freddy Sanchez at the plate when a swarm of bees appeared in right-center field, according to the Arizona Diamondbacks' website. 

Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, in his first spring training outing, was on the mound when the bees first started up and he was forced to stop pitching.

"I saw them (the bees) at first base," Kennedy said. "There were a couple around me.  I was not going to get stung so I walked back to the dugout." 

Ground crews used cotton candy and lemonade to attract the swarm away from spectators. A record crowd of 12,546 was at the stadium.

"We were sitting there watching the game and there was a ball in the outfield," said fan Todd Matthews.  "The bees came in and started swarming around first base."

The bees congregated at the end of the Giants' first-base dugout, and grounds-crew personnel as well as local fire officials worked at getting rid of them, according to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

No one was hurt.

Overall, Kennedy threw 29 pitches and allowed one run and three hits in 1 1-3 innings.

The San Francisco Giants split squad went on to win the game, 11-1.

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