Stephen Piscotty Returns From Bereavement To Hit Mom-Tribute Home Run


Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty has been activated from the bereavement list and is starting on Tuesday versus the Boston Red Sox.

Stephen Piscotty put his hand to his heart and crossed home plate, looking up at his mom in heaven. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".

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A's manager Bob Melvin described how special Piscotty's home run was for the team. The A's gave him the option of sitting out after he took a red-eye flight from California, but Piscotty wanted to play. "It's been an emotional week", Piscotty said, via the East Bay Times. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat".

Benintendi's solo homer in the fifth pulled Boston back within 3-2, but the A's tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth. "Probably Gretchen ... It was like a walkoff".

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Oakland has won four in a row over the Red Sox and has won the season series for the second year in a row.

To make room for Piscotty and with Trevor Cahill (elbow) expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, the A's also optioned right-hander Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

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Mengden has allowed no more than two runs in his past three outings and no more than three in seven of his nine starts.