BOSTON -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup after the club reinstated him from the bereavement list and made an immediate impact, hitting a solo home run in his first at-bat Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Piscotty had been away from the team following the death of his mother. Gretchen Piscotty died May 6 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
"It was pure joy. It's been an emotional week,'' Piscotty said following the team's 5-3 win.
Piscotty, who batted eighth and started in right field, touched his heart with his right hand and looked up as he crossed home plate at Fenway Park.
"Running around [the bases] was pretty emotional. I'm pretty cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything. It felt so good, and coming around third I was immediately thinking of my mom," said Piscotty.
The team had given Piscotty the option to sit out Tuesday, when he got a ride to the airport around 3:45 a.m. in California for a flight to Boston. Piscotty, who said he still felt like he was on West Coast time, declined the option.
"He wanted to play. He's on little sleep, a lot of adrenaline,'' Oakland manager Melvin said. "I know he was really- looking forward to that first at-bat. To be able to do what he did tells you a little seething about him.''
Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air. Probably Gretchen ... It was like a walkoff. The guys just embraced him when he got in the dugout.''
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. He's 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA over seven starts with the A's this season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.