Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, still bothered by a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting lineup Wednesday. He did pinch hit in the ninth, flying out to end the game.

"I could have [started]," Willingham said.

Willingham and the Twins are looking at the big picture. It's better to keep him off the leg as much as possible Wednesday and during Thursday's scheduled off day than to have him try to fight through it and have it bother him the rest of the season. With two days off, Willingham hopes to play in the outfield Friday when the Twins open a four-game series against Cleveland.