Owings makes first Major League start

Owings makes first Major League start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Owings had at least a handful of friendly faces in the crowd at AT&T Park when he made his first Major League start against the Giants on Friday.

Owings, Arizona's No. 3 prospect and MLB.com's No. 84 overall prospect, had an idea he might be starting at some point in this series, so both his parents and a few other relatives made the trip.

"They told me last night," Owings said. "It was kind of fun to see my name in the first hitting group."

Owings started at shortstop and hit seventh.

The Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year certainly earned the start for his season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, where he previously faced Friday's Giants starter, Yusmeiro Petit.

"We've been working with him for a couple of days," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's seen Petit before, but that doesn't matter. He still has to have good at-bats."

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.