Sports shorts: 3 more UA baseball players picked; total 6

2013-06-09T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: 3 more UA baseball players picked; total 6Staff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Three Arizona pitchers were selected Saturday on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft, giving the Wildcats a total of six taken.

The Houston Astros chose right-hander James Farris with the first pick of the 15th round, while the Baltimore Orioles took righty Nick Cunningham in the 20th round and lefty Augey Bill in the 39th round.

They join third baseman Brandon Dixon, outfielder Johnny Field and pitcher Konner Wade. who were selected Friday in the first 10 rounds.

Farris was 5-5 with a 4.18 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season in 99 innings. The Gilbert native's top moment in a UA uniform came in 2012 as a sophomore, when he pitched 7 2/3 innings against South Carolina to clinch the College World Series title. Farris can sign with Houston or return to UA for his senior year. As seniors, Cunningham and Bill will likely begin their pro careers in the Orioles farm system.

Also selected Saturday were Pima College pitcher Hyrum Formo, taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 27th round, and Ironwood Ridge High's Jake Matthews, picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 38th round.

• In the 34th round of the draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected former Arizona State center fielder Cory Hahn, who as a freshman was paralyzed from the chest down after sliding head-first on a steal attempt against New Mexico on Feb. 20, 2011. D-backs player Willie Bloomquist called drafting Hahn "a classy move," and team president Derrick Hall said he hopes to make Hahn a permanent employee within the organization.

Auto racing

Castroneves captures 1st IndyCar win of year

FORT WORTH, Texas - Helio Castroneves raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season, leading the final 132 laps Saturday night for his fourth career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second, more than 5 seconds back.

• The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway was postponed Saturday night until this morning because of rain. The race, with Austin Dillon on the pole, will begin at 8 a.m. on ESPN2.

Miscellaneous

Taurasi scores 26 as Mercury gets first win

INDIANAPOLIS - Diana Taurasi scored 15 of her 26 points in the second half and the Phoenix Mercury (1-3) beat the defending WNBA champ Indiana Fever 82-67 on Saturday for their first win of the season. Top scorer Brittney Griner was a late scratch with a left knee sprain.

• In college baseball, Matt Helms delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single to lead Louisville to a 5-3 victory over No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional opener Saturday at Nashville, Tenn.

• In boxing, Argentina's Marcos Maidana stopped Josesito Lopez late in the sixth round of their welterweight bout Saturday night in Carson, Calif., finishing with a furious rally for his third straight victory. Cuba's Erislandy Lara also survived the first two knockdowns of his career and stopped Alfredo Angulo in the 10th round of a 154-pound bout.

Daniel Berk

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