"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.