Cron is not starting Monday against the Angels. Cron sits after starting 12 straight games, a stretch in which he hit .380 with six home runs. Willians Astudillo gets the call at first base in his absence.
Cron went 3-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs and a two-run double in an 18-4 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Cron hit homers off starter Wade LeBlanc in the second and third innings and then provided the rest of his offense in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 14-0 at the time. He started as the designated hitter with Nelson Cruz (wrist) out of action. Cron has gone 9-for-17 with three homers, six RBI and seven runs scored in his last four games, boosting his average from .237 to .270 during the run.
Cron went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and a run scored in the Twins' 11-6 victory over the Mariners on Thursday. As the Twins exploded for 11 runs, Cron had a big day at the dish, bagging his 10th long ball of the season with a fourth-inning solo shot off Erik Swanson. The big right-hander got off to a slow start to the season, but he's turned it on of late, and his slash line is now up to .259/.323/.504 through 139 at-bats.
Cron went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Cron took Trent Thornton deep in the third inning for his seventh home run of the season. He also collected three other hits on the day -- all singles -- for his first multi-hit game in 10 contests. Cron has already blasted seven home runs this season and batted predominantly fifth in the Twins' order, putting him in a strong position to drive in runs.
Cron is not in the lineup Tuesday against Toronto. Cron has gone just 2-for-26 at the plate in his last nine games. Marwin Gonzalez slides across the diamond to first base in his absence, with Ehire Adrianza entering the lineup in third base.