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A's Stephen Piscotty recognized as 54th annual Hutch Award winner

A's Stephen Piscotty recognized as 54th annual Hutch Award winner

Stephen Piscotty is the newest recipient of the Hutch Award.

The right fielder was nominated for the prestigious award last month "in part for the courage and commitment he displayed when his mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)," the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center said in a press release.

Piscotty was traded to the A's in December of 2017  -- but this was more than a transaction, he wanted to be with his mother. 

The Pleasanton native had an emotional homecoming as he switched his red uniform to green and gold.

“We’re pretty emotionally tied to that organization,” Piscotty said of the Cardinals in 2017. “It chokes me up a little bit. But family obviously comes first, and sometimes some things are more important than baseball. With this opportunity here, it’s just a great combination of family and baseball. … A lot of good is going to come out of it.”

Gretchen has since passed away, but Piscotty and his family continue to honor her memory by raising funds and awareness for ALS launching the ALS CURE Project fund research focused on a cure for the disease.

“I’m humbled and honored to win this meaningful award with such a rich history,” Piscotty said in the same release. “This is an example of how we, as big leaguers, can use our platforms to help the communities we live and play in. I’m a big believer in the power of science and research to tackle health problems and I credit Fred Hutch for their lifesaving work.”

The prestigious Hutch Award is one of the longest-running awards in baseball and was created in 1965 in honor of Fred Hutchinson, a former Major League player and manager who died of cancer. He inspired the start of the Seattle-based cancer research center. The group of creators also started a scholarship fund for medical students engaged in cancer research to honor Hutch's memory. 

“Stephen is a great player with many accomplishments on the field, but what makes him really special is how he’s honoring his mother’s legacy by raising awareness around a debilitating disease like ALS,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president, and director, Fred Hutch. “We are grateful to Stephen, the Seattle Mariners and Major League Baseball for joining our team at the Hutch and supporting our mission to beat cancer.”

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Piscotty was one of nine nominees of the 54th Hutch Award and will be honored during the annual award luncheon in Seattle on July 18 at T-Mobile Park.

A huge congratulations to Stephen Piscotty.  

Beau Taylor's first major league home run sparks A's blowout vs. Orioles

Beau Taylor's first major league home run sparks A's blowout vs. Orioles

Last September, A's catcher Beau Taylor was so excited to get his first career major league hit, he tripped over first base on his way to second.

On a chilly night at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Taylor just wanted to avoid doing the same thing on his first career major league home run.

"I kind of blew at it trying to get it to go,” Taylor told The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser following Oakland's 16-2 rout of the Orioles. “I was thinking, ‘Touch the base. Touch second, touch third. OK, you did good.’ Home plate was easy."

Taylor successfully completed his trip around the bases after launching a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the third inning off Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa. It proved to be the first of many for the A's, who took full advantage of an Orioles staff that has struggled mightily with the long ball. 

Ramon Laureano pounded a three-run homer in the fourth. Robbie Grossman's two-run shot in the sixth was followed by three-run bombs from Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty, respectively, for Oakland's first 10-run inning at the Coliseum in nearly 23 years. And in the seventh, Chad Pinder pinch-hit for Matt Chapman and promptly deposited a two-run homer in the left field bleachers.

The six home runs were the most the A's hit in a single game since June 17, 2008, at Arizona, and their most at the Coliseum since Sept. 11, 2003.

"We’ve got the ability to do that,” Bob Melvin said of his team's penchant for the long ball. “Got some good counts, got some good swings and on a night where early on it didn’t look the ball was going anywhere, we ended up squaring a few up."

It certainly didn't hurt matters that the A's were facing Baltimore, as the Orioles have now given up a league-leading 147 home runs in 73 games this season, well on pace to break the MLB record of 258 given up by the Reds in 2016.

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After struggling against last-place teams as of late, it was a promising sign to see the A's pile on against an inferior opponent Tuesday night. If they can continue hitting homers in bunches, they're bound to open up some breathing room between themselves and the .500 mark.

A's vs. Orioles lineups: Brett Anderson tries to clinch series win

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A's vs. Orioles lineups: Brett Anderson tries to clinch series win

The A's will look to do something they haven't been able to all month when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. 

Oakland has had three opportunities to move two games above .500 in June, but has lost each time. Brett Anderson has a chance to help the A's turn things around, and is coming off one of his best starts of the season. The 31-year-old threw 6 1/3 innings and struck out four in Oakland's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays his last time out, picking up a no decision. 

Gabriel Ynoa starts for the Orioles. He's still looking for his first win of the season, and will make just the 12th start of his MLB career. Ynoa has never pitched against the A's, but has limited opponents to a .258 batting average away from Camden Yards this season.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Orioles game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:07.

Oakland A's (37-36)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Ramón Laureano, CF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (6-4, 3.89 ERA)

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Baltimore Orioles (21-51)
Hanser Alberto, DH
Trey Mancini, RF
Pedro Severino, C
Renato Nunez, 1B
Anthony Santander, LF
Jonathan Villar, 2B
Keon Broxton, CF
Rio Ruiz, 3B
Richie Martin, SS

Gabriel Ynoa, RHP (0-3, 5.02 ERA)