But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the left fielder is getting a break only because he leads the team in games played with 102.
"He plays every day, every inning," Gardenhire said. "Even DH is not a break. He's still got to physically to go out there and play baseball every day. I told him let's just go out there and take a day. He's happy with it. I think he knows he needs a break every once in a while. He can't play them all."
With Willingham out, Darin Mastroianni made his second straight start in left field. Third baseman Danny Valencia was also not in the lineup, as Jamey Carroll got the start at third base.