Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Watch Stephen Piscotty homer in return from bereavement leave

Watch Stephen Piscotty homer in return from bereavement leave

Piscotty's homer put Oakland ahead 3-0. The gesture, he said last week after his mom died following a year-long battle with ALS, was her way of signaling, "I love you and thank you" in her final days. 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. "I'm going to keep that with me".

"To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air".

The Athletics' Stephen Piscotty returned from the bereavement list in a special way on Tuesday.

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Boston put two men on with two outs in the first, but on Xander Bogaerts' tapper to third, Andrew Benintendi rounded third too far, inexplicably, and was tagged out in a rundown. In the fifth, Benintendi homered to right center. Blake Treinen finished it off for his eighth save of the season and Oakland improved to 4-1 against Boston this season.

It would have been perfectly fine if A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty had sat out Tuesday night's game in Boston against the Red Sox. Oakland had six hits through the first three innings, starting with back-to-back singles by Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder to start the game.

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