Stephen Piscotty Homers in First At-Bat Since Returning From Bereavement List

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Piscotty, batting eighth, hit a home run Tuesday night in his first at-bat since his mother's funeral.

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The average baseball fan might not know Stephen Piscotty is a member of the Oakland Athletics this year. It's been an emotional week, " Piscotty said following the team's 5-3 win. As he was coming to the plate - feeling "pure joy", as he told reporters postgame - he put his hand to his heart and looked skyward. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".

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That's pretty amusing, but the reason Piscotty is on Oakland's roster this year is no laughing matter. Because of the three-hour time difference, Piscotty said he didn't feel that exhausted. "The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout". Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.