ST. PETERSBURG -- Brandon Moss was back in the A's lineup starting at first base Friday night, and he hit an RBI single in his first at-bat. But a part of him was still back in the Bay Area with his wife, Allison, and their newborn son, Brody.
"It was hard to leave. I got one day with him, and then I had to leave," said Moss, who took paternity leave and missed the A's games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
His son was born on Tuesday afternoon.
"When our first son was born it was in October ['09], and I got to spend the whole offseason with him," he said. "But I'm not the first person to have to leave like that. I'll get my time with [Brody], I'm sure."
Moss was at least able to be there for the birth, of which he said: "It was awesome."
Shane Peterson, who filled in for Moss, returned to Triple-A Sacramento.
Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.