Blue Jays recall Norwich's Leone
The Toronto Blue Jays finalized their opening day roster Sunday, placing closer Roberto Osuna on the 10-day disabled list with a sore neck and releasing outfielder Melvin Upton Jr.
Right-hander Dominic Leone, the former Norwich Free Academy star, was recalled from Triple-A to take Osuna's roster spot for today's opener at Baltimore, while infielder Ryan Goins will also start the season with the Blue Jays.
Upton was acquired from San Diego last July 26 and hit .196 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 57 games with the Blue Jays. The Padres are responsible for all but $1 million of his $16.45 million salary.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 5
Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants in a wild season opener.
Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way — even after trying to fix the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract. They wasted a record-breaking performance by ace Madison Bumgarner, who retired his first 16 batters and became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day.
Arizona got a double and three singles after Melancon (0-1) retired his first two batters in the ninth. A.J. Pollock singled in the tying run and Owings dumped a base hit into right field to end it.
The Giants had 32 blown saves last season, including nine in September. In their final playoff game, manager Bruce Bochy went through five relievers in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs, and San Francisco was eliminated from the Division Series after allowing four runs for a 6-5 defeat.
Bumgarner's line-drive homer off Zack Greinke put the Giants ahead 2-0 in the fifth. Bumgarner's second solo shot, off lefty Andrew Chafin, broke a 3-all tie in the seventh.