After Justin Morneau went down on July 7, the Minnesota Twins immediately dropped four of five games. They were 1½ games back in the AL Central on that date and were struggling against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.
More than a month later, things have changed. The Twins have surged of late -- even taking it to the White Sox in a head-to-head series -- and now have an 83 percent chance of making the playoffs.
How will the "dog days" play out for the Twins? Let's take a look.