Piscotty: 'Pure joy' after HR upon return to A's

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Baseball is flawless, as we witnessed last night when Stephen Piscotty, of the Oakland A's, came to bat after returning to the team following his mother's funeral.

Piscotty's mother, Gretchen, died May 6 at age 55 after battling Lou Gehrig's disease.

What a special moment.

It's been an emotional time for Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

"The hand over my heart, that's something my mom would do when she wasn't able to speak". "This was just, 'I love you and thank you.' That's what I did in the box and that's kind of her way of saying".

Then, after leaving the team for a time, Piscotty returned on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. "I'm going to keep that with me". Piscotty, a Bay Area native, was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the A's in December, enabling him to care for his mother at their Pleasanton, California, home.

Graveman, called up last Friday, earned his first win of the year in a solid start against the Yankees and was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

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

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.

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