But it's nothing new for Willingham, who has been hit by 101 pitches in his career to rank tied for 13th with Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder on the active list. He's reached double digits in hit by pitches in seven of the last eight years, including a career-high 16 times in '07 with the Marlins.
"He's on the plate and is not one of those guys who shies away from it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He doesn't move. But it's happened throughout his career and I know he's been hit quite a bit this year."
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