MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe Josh Willingham should bat sixth more often.
Hitting in the No. 6 spot in the order for the first time in nearly four years, Willingham homered twice -- including the go-ahead blast in the eighth inning -- to lift Minnesota to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics. And he did so lower in the order than he's ever batted in a Twins uniform.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he moved Willingham down in the order from fourth to sixth because Willingham wasn't producing like someone batting cleanup. Tuesday, however, he did.
"It wasn't like I didn't want to be (batting fourth). It's more like I wasn't performing like a cleanup hitter," Willingham said. "That was it. I don't care where I hit."
Willingham's first of two tape-measure shots came in the second inning. Facing Oakland starter Jarrod Parker, Willingham tattooed a 1-1 slider and sent it 422 feet to the bullpen in left-center field to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead. It was Willingham's first home r...