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7 Josh Willingham LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 2/17/1979 | Birthplace: Florence, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: North Alabama | MLB Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 29/19 | Average Draft Position: 247.16
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Josh Willingham batting sixth in Royals debut Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Royals designated hitter Josh Willingham is batting sixth Tuesday against the A's in his debut with his new team.

Willingham was acquired by the Royals Monday and added to the active roster before Tuesday's game. He has hit .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 224 at-bats. He owns a .278/.402/.430 line with three home runs in 79 career at-bats in his new home stadium.


Royals acquire Josh Willingham from Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins for pitcher Jason Adam on Monday, the team announced. Willingham batted .210 with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 224 at-bats. Adam went 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA in 113 2/3 innings in the minors this season.

Josh Willingham a no-go Wednesday against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is absent from the Wednesday lineup against San Diego. Jordan Schafer is set to man that position instead.

Willingham is 1 for 13 in his last three games.


Josh Willingham homers, steals base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Twins designated hitter Josh Willingham went 1 for 3 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 3-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Willingham's name has come up in trade rumors this month, but the team seems likely to hold on to him through the deadline, provided another team doesn't bowl them over with an offer. He has hit .223/.366/.436 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI and now one stolen base in 188 at-bats.


Report: Mariners, Twins discussing Josh Willingham


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Mariners are in discussions with the Twins to potentially acquire outfielder Josh Willingham, FOXSports.com reports.

The Mariners are looking to add some right-handed pop to their lefty-dominated lineup, even after picking up the switch-hitting Kendrys Morales. Willingham entered play Tuesday with a .219/.361/.421 line and 10 home runs in 183 at-bats.


Report: Yankees might trade for outfielder before deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and Rangers outfielder Alex Rios are a few players the Yankees are considering as trade targets as the July 31 non-waiver deadline looms, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Though, the Yankees might prefer Willingham the most because of his contract situation. Still, Byrd and Rios haven't been ruled out.


Josh Willingham homers and singles in defeat to White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) It was a classic too-little, too-late blast, but Twins left fielder Josh Willingham did go deep Friday night against the White Sox. He launched his 10th in the ninth inning, a solo job that merely ended the scoring in a 9-5 loss.

Willingham added a single and scored two runs in sweetening his stat line to .213/.354/.421.


Twins open to trading potential free agents


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Twins are open to trading DH Kendrys Morales, who signed with the team in early June, and other potential free agents, according to FOX Sports. The list includes Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki.

Though, the Twins might try to keep Suzuki since few contenders have a need for a catcher.


Slumping Josh Willingham out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the visiting Indians.

Willingham slammed the game-winning home run in the first game of the series before going hitless Tuesday. He has just seven hits in his last 54 at-bats.


Josh Willingham slugs ninth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went 2 for 3 with a walk and a tiebreaking eighth-inning home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

Willingham entered the game just 5 for 45 in July but managed to turn in his first multihit game of the month Monday. He has hit .217/.365/.422 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 166 at-bats.


Josh Willingham homers, scores game-winner Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham emerged from a slump Saturday in playing hero in a 10-inning win over the Yankees.

Willingham homered to tie it in the seventh, then walked and scored the game-winner on an error. His blast marked his first hit since June 29.


Twins lineup Friday sans Josh Willingham


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been benched for the Friday game against the visiting Yankees and replaced by just-recalled Chris Colabello.

Willingham has been mired in a slump that has left him hitless in 12 at-bats since June 29 and 5 for 53 since June 11.


Josh Willingham absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) A day off last Saturday didn't help heat up Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, so apparently Ron Gardenhire is giving it another shot. Willingham has again been benched on a Saturday, this time in Texas.

Willingham is hitless in three of his last four games and has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.


Twins hope day off Saturday will help Josh Willingham


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire held 35-year-old left fielder Josh Willingham out of the lineup Saturday for maintenance. It was his first break since returning from the disabled list May 26.

"We have to be guarded with him," Gardenhire told MLB.com. "We've played a lot of baseball, and I don't want to beat him up too much. He's healthy. We want him to stay that way."

Willingham will be back in the lineup Sunday, hoping to break a 2-for-18 slump.


Josh Willingham sliding at the plate along with teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) After hitting safely in 15 of 16 games, Twins left-fielder Josh Willingham has gone hitless in four of his last five.

The mini-slump has dropped his average from .311 to .270 and coincided with a team-wide offensive slide in which the Twins have scored four total runs in their last three games. Willingham is 1 for 15 during that stretch.


Josh Willingham homers, drives in three in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Josh Willingham continued his hot hitting Wednesday, as he drove in three runs in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Willingham got the game started off with a two-run home run in the first inning, his first in eight games. He added an RBI single in the ninth inning to cap off the game, finishing 2 for 5 with one run scored and three RBI.

Willingham has been productive when healthy this season, hitting .311/.459/.568 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games. 


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Josh Willingham showing he has plenty left in the tank


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) When Josh Willingham hit just .208 with 14 home runs during an injury-plagued 2013, I, like many others, assumed he had reached the end of the road at age 34.

But here he is, one year and a broken wrist later, mashing like it's 1999.

OK, so he was still playing at the University of North Alabama in 1999. He's not quite that old. But you get the idea. His combination of power and patience has made him a relevant contributor in the past, and given that part of his career came during the steroids era, when expectations for hitters were out of control, his numbers look even better in retrospect.

His best numbers came just two years ago in his first season with the Twins, when he hit 35 home runs. Of course, he had unprecedented health that year, but he was still as streaky as ever, hitting .311 (51 for 164) with 16 home runs in April and July and .237 with 19 home runs the other four months.

That's been his tendency throughout his career, which suggests he may have been just a victim of bad timing last year, missing out on any potential hot streaks because of all the injuries. Him being this hot coming off a fairly significant injury in its own right suggests big things are in store, particularly for the near-term.


Josh Willingham stays hot with fourth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 6-4 win over the Brewers Tuesday.

Willingham missed much of April and May on the disabled list, but he has come back as strong as ever, and Tuesday's homer was his fourth in the last six games. He has hit .304/.459/.587 with four home runs and 11 RBI in just 46 at-bats.


Josh Willingham comes through in clutch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham homered Sunday for the third time in four games as Minnesota rallied past the Yankees, 7-2. Willingham's solo blast tied the game in the ninth, sparking a six-run outburst.

Willingham, who missed time with a wrist injury, is hitting .275 with three homers and seven RBI in 40 at-bats.


Josh Willingham mashes first tater in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Four Twins managed multi-hit games Thursday against the visiting Rangers, but designated hitter Josh Willingham produced all but one of their runs.

Willingham singled in a run in the third inning and clobbered a 446-foot homer in the fifth that gave his team a 4-3 lead it couldn't hold. It was his first home run of the season.

It was also just his second hit and fourth game since returning from a wrist injury that sidelined him for six weeks.


Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia return to starting lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Twins outfielders Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia were both in Monday's lineup against the Rangers after returning from wrist injuries. Willingham was activated from the DL after Sunday's game, while Arcia was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Twins bring back Oswaldo Arcia, Josh Willingham Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Twins have recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester and activated outfielder Josh Willingham from the disabled list following Sunday's series finale against the Giants in San Francisco, the Star Tribune reports.

Willingham batted .294 with one RBI in 17 at-bats before sustaining a wrist injury. Arcia received 18 at-bats in April and is hitting .312 with five homers and 18 RBI at Triple-A.

Josh Willingham expected to join Twins Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham is expected to be activated from the disabled list after the team's series against the Giants that ends Sunday, MLB.com reports.

"Willingham is seeing the ball and his timing is looking really good," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Willingham has been out since the first week of the season after suffering a wrist injury. He should serve as the team's everday left fielder once activated.


Josh Willingham could return during next homestand


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham could return to the team for the next home series, according to MLB Network Radio. 

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Willingham's hand feels pretty good, and that the outfielder would likely join the team back home. The Twins next home game is May 26. Willingham has missed six weeks due to a wrist injury.