Twice in the last five years, the Twins have won the American League Central after trailing by six games in September.
So yes, they think they can win when they're down by five games in late July.
In fact, according to sources, the Twins' recent run of success has caused them to shift their trade-deadline focus, to the point where they're now looking for a reliever who they could team with Matt Capps and Joe Nathan at the back of their bullpen.
The Twins are still five games under .500, heading into a weekend series with the Tigers that begins with Carl Pavano facing Justin Verlander on Thursday night. They've won 29 of the last 43, after falling to 20 games under .500 and 16 1/2 games out of first place on June 1.
With Justin Morneau on the way back from the disabled list, the Twins now believe the division is winnable.
"They always believe they ought to be in the pennant race," said ex-Twin Nick Punto, now with the Cardinals. "Definitely don't count them out."
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