Need a trade recap?

As trade talks continue to percolate, remember that you can always find an up-to-date rundown of all trades on our trades page.

The trade-a-thon is set for 8 p.m. to midnight ET in an AOL chat room tonight.

Exciting races brewing at 100-game mark!

The Northbound Division has its third division leader in as many months, while Southbound Division leader Savannah has Wisconsin hot on its heels with 60 games left to play in the 2010 I-75 league season.

On the strength of a 14-6 July, Springfield has leapt from third to first in the North, charging out to a three-game lead over slumping Tropical (8-12) and a four-game lead over sliding Hickory (9-11).

Meanwhile, Wisconsin (12-8) has closed to within one game of frontrunning Savannah in the South (11-9), and both are pulling away from the rest of the division. South Grand Prairie (8-12) has slipped into a tie with Detroit (9-11), with both teams under .500 at 47-53.

Will Springfield come back to the pack in August? Possibly: The Isotopes face a schedule showing three 50-win opponents, plus Bismarck, coming off a 13-7  month. But Tropical has an identical fate, while Hickory gets to face both Springfield and Tropical in an effort to reclaim its perch atop the division.

Wisconsin hosts Savannah in an August showdown in the South.

Titans corner all-star market

By Commissioner Dave Renbarger:

Applegate catcher Brian McCann distinguished himself as the MVP of the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but the Superior Titans boasted the most All-Star players and starters among the 12 I-75 teams.

A total of nine Titans were in uniform for the Midsummer Classic, including five starters.  Both of the starting pitchers in the game (Ubaldo Jimenez for the NL and David Price for the AL) are on Superior’s roster, which means the Titans ought to have a dominant rotation in 2011.

The Warhawks and Volconoes each landed eight players on the All-Star rosters to share runner-up honors, followed by Applegate, Detroit and Bushwood with seven.

Here is the team-by-team breakdown: (* indicates starter)

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All or nothing for this year’s Gophers

From Dave Renbarger:

The Gophers are proud to announce that six of our players have earned All-Star recognition:  1B Albert Pujols; 2B Chase Utley (injured); SS Hanley Ramirez; 3B Scott Rolen; SP Tim Hudson; and RP Brian Wilson. 

This total no doubt will be surpassed by numerous teams in our league, but here is another stat that could be unmatched:

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Tropical skips past Hickory at halfway pole

The mildly surprising Tropical Heat have surged past the Hickory Nuts and into first place in the competitive Northbound Division at the season’s halfway point.

With a league-best team ERA of 3.79, Tropical is keeping foes off the scoreboard and letting its balanced offense scratch out enough runs to keep the club in the win column. July offers a favorable schedule to the Heat as well, with Springfield the only one of four opponents on the docket that comes in with a better-than-.500 record.

Meanwhile, in the Southbound Division, Wisconsin continued its much-anticipated climb up the standings, moving from third to second and setting its sights on first-place Savannah, just two games ahead. With an offensive machine that is hitting .291, while also sitting second in homers, and a pitching staff that is second in team ERA, it was only a matter of time before the stats began to translate into victories. Wisconsin also finds itself with a schedule breather in July, as apart from familial rival Hickory, the Warhawks face sub-.500 clubs.

Meanwhile, just eight games separate the bottom six clubs in the league — Bushwood’s 41 wins is the best mark among teams not holding a playoff spot, with Margaritaville only eight back at 33.

A brutal month is on the docket for Superior, with four series against teams high in the standings, including both first-place clubs. Savannah, meanwhile, faces nothing but second-division clubs this month.