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Diana Taurasi brought the heat (if not the accuracy) to this ceremonial first pitch

There's been no shortage of Arizona-connected Olympians at Chase Field lately, and it was Diana Taurasi's turn on Monday. The five-time WNBA scoring champion for the Phoenix Mercury, who won her third gold medal in London as part of the U.S. women's basketball team, was on hand to throw out the first pitch.

Unlike some ceremonial first-pitchers, Taurasi was not content to lob or bounce the ball in. She put all of her six-foot frame into her delivery and uncorked a heater with wicked cut action that escaped catcher Patrick Corbin and bounced all the way to the backstop. The former UConn star conceded she may have had a little "Wild Thing" in her.

A second career as a Major League pitcher may not be in the future for Taurasi, but she did tell D-backs announcer Brad Steinke that she hopes a fourth Olympics go-round in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 will be.

-- Dan Wohl /