"It's deservedly so," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We thought he should've been an All-Star last year. But he didn't get picked, which was a big disappointment for our organization and him I'm sure. But he had a great year and did everything he was supposed to do when we brought him over here. So it's well-deserved."
Willingham also leads the Twins with four homers this season, including two against the Rangers this series. With his two-run shot Saturday, he passed Jim Thome for the most homers in Target Field history with 25. "I think it's pretty neat," Willingham said.
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