Morneau confident in second-half turnaround

Morneau confident in second-half turnaround

ARLINGTON -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau struggled in June but has started to come around recently with a nine-game hitting streak.

Morneau is hitting .351 with a homer, two doubles and a walk during his hit streak. His homer in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers was his first since June 4.

Morneau didn't fare as well last month, hitting just .232 with one homer in 24 games, but said he feels like it's starting to turn around for him.

"You have to keep believing the hard work is going to pay off eventually," Morneau said before Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers in 10 innings. "If I keep getting in there and working hard, hopefully good things will happen in the second half. We still have a lot of time and a lot of games left. A lot of time to turn it around."

Morneau, 31, is hitting .247 with 11 homers and .757 OPS in 64 games this season after hitting just .227 with four homers in 69 games last year.