Piscotty rejoins Athletics, homers in first at bat

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Piscotty, whose mother, Gretchen, died May 6 after a almost year-long battle with ALS, held his hand over his heart as he ran down the third-base line and he patted his chest as he crossed the plate and looked upward.

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.

Stephen Piscotty returned to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night after he missed several games following the death of his mother, and the outfielder made his presence felt immediately.

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Gretchen Piscotty died May 6 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. It's been an emotional week, " Piscotty said following the team's 5-3 win. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".

It wasn't just another home run. He's on little sleep, a lot of adrenaline, " Oakland manager Melvin said. "To be able to do what he did tells you a little seething about him". "Probably Gretchen ... It was like a walkoff".

Continuing what has been a solid start to the season, Mengden kept a risky Red Sox lineup in check as he allowed just two runs, one earned, on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over six innings of work.