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It's not all about Justin Morneau

The Twins miss Justin Morneau, but they're doing just fine without him. Getty Images

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.