People moves: Compenswiss, LGPS Central seeking senior staff

first_imgPensioenfonds Wonen – The €3.7bn pension fund for the furnishing sector in the Netherlands has appointed Guus Wouters as its new independent chairman. Wouters has been director of PMT, the €68bn scheme for metalworking and mechanical engineering, for the past seven years. He retired last October. At Wonen, Wouters is to succeed Pieter Verhoog.Aon Hewitt – Pascal Hogenboom has announced that he will step down as chief executive of Aon Hewitt Netherlands as of 1 April. Hogenboom, who said he will leave of his own initiative, has been CEO of Aon Hewitt since 2013. Marc van Nuland, country manager for the Netherlands, said that the company had successfully repositioned itself under Hogenboom. Last year, the consultancy said it wanted to refocus on fiduciary management and investment advice as part of a strategic re-orientation.Union Investment – Frank Engels is to take over as head of portfolio management at the German asset manager from 1 January. He will succeed Björn Jesch, who is leaving Union Investment at the end of the year at his own request. Engels joined Union Investment Privatfonds as managing director in January 2012 and was appointed to the unit’s board of managing directors in August 2014. He has been responsible for the multi-asset business within portfolio management since the beginning of this year. Before joining Union Investment, Engels worked for organisations including the IMF and Barclays Capital.  Stap – Huub Popping is to succeed Erno Kleijnenberg as chairman of Stap, the general pension fund (APF) set up by insurer Aegon and its subsidiary TKP Investments. Kleijnenberg stepped down in October. Popping has been a trustee at Stap since July 2016. In 2006, he became chairman of the €8.2bn pension fund PostNL as well as company scheme TNT, which liquidated in 2015. In 2014, when the PostNL scheme was divided, Popping continued as chairman of the €700m pension fund of TNT Express.Franklin Templeton – The US asset management giant has appointed CalPERS’ chief operating investment officer Wylie Tollette as head of client investment solutions, a newly created role within its Multi-Asset Solutions business. He rejoins the firm in January, having left in 2014. At this time he was head of Franklin Templeton’s performance analytics and investment risk group. Tollette is currently responsible for investment performance and policy, risk analytics, manager engagement and operations, among other areas, at CalPERS, the $345bn US public pension fund.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Velida Jahic, a former Swedish pension fund CIO, has been appointed head of Nordics. She joins from Nomura Asset Management in London where she was business development director for the Nordics. Before joining Nomura in 2011, she spent three years as a senior investment manager for alternative investments at Nordea Bank in Denmark. She was formerly chief investment officer of Gävleborg pension fund, a Swedish local authority fund.BNP Paribas Asset Management – Elodie Lelief has joined the manager’s ETF and indexed fund solutions sales team within its new multi-asset, quantitative and solutions investment group and will focus on French-speaking clients (France, Monaco, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). Assets under management in ETFs at BNP Paribas have risen by 76% in just over a year following the introduction of a new strategy. Lelief began her career at BNP Paribas CIB in 2006 as a financial analyst for key corporate accounts. NN Group – Nationale-Nederlanden has appointed Robin Buijs as director of new pensions business. He will join on 1 January and succeeds Diederik Schouten, who is to continue his career outside NN. Schouten – a former director of Business Life Delta Lloyd – took up his position last April after the merger between the two companies. Currently, Buijs is head of integration at NN Group. Between 2012 and 2016 he was NN’s chief executive for Spain. Tjeerd Bosklopper is to succeed Buijs.Law Debenture Pension Trustees – The trustee company has made two new hires for its secretarial and trustee governance team. Saadiyya Ahmed joined this week and Kathy Turpin last month. Turpin joined LawDeb from National Grid where she was a defined contribution (DC) scheme pension adviser. Ahmed was previously at Lloyds Banking Group, where she  spent the last four years in the pensions executive unit working on governance and scheme secretarial duties for numerous pension schemes.Metro Pensioenfonds – Ronald Doornbos, consultant at pensions adviser Focus Orange, has been appointed as trustee at the €536m Metro Pensioenfonds. Currently, he is a member of the investment committee of the pension fund for wholesale firm Makro.Barnett Waddingham – The UK consultant and actuarial firm has hired Andy Parker as a national DC consultant, following a 10-year career at Mercer where he was principal in the company’s DC and Financial Wellness business. Mark Futcher, head of DC consultancy at Barnett Waddingham, said the hire was the first of two senior appointments, the second of which would be announced in the coming weeks.Carbon Tracker – CEO of Hermes Investment Management Saker Nusseibeh has been appointed non-executive chair of Carbon Tracker, the think tank behind the promotion of the term ‘stranded assets’. Nusseibeh succeeds Jeremy Leggett, who has held the position since 2011 and is stepping down to focus on his solar portfolio. Three new non-executive directors also join the board: Meg Brown, director and head of sales outside of North America at Impax Asset Management; Paul Bodnar, managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute and a key architect of the Obama administration’s international climate policies; and Emma Hunt, an independent director and adviser who was most recently co-head of Hermes EOS.Imperial College Centre for Climate Finance and Investment – Jason Mitchell, sustainability strategist at Man Group and portfolio manager at GLG Partners, is joining the centre’s advisory board. He said he was excited to help “bridge the divide between science/engineering and finance in order to solve one of the world’s biggest issues”. The centre’s goal is to help investors and policymakers “overcome the current lack of clarity about risk and return in emerging clean technology sectors”. Kempen Capital Management – Charlotte Tyrwhitt Drake is to join Kempen’s fiduciary management arm as business development director for the UK. She was previously an associate director at Cambridge Associates.T Rowe Price – Nick Samouilhan has joined the asset manager’s multi-asset division as a solutions strategist for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He joins from Aviva Investors where he was a senior fund manager in its multi-asset team.BlackRock – Geert-Jan Troost has been appointed as relationship manager for institutional investors at BlackRock. Troost joins from Willis Towers Watson, where he was head of structured solutions for nine years. Prior to this, he worked in London for Citigroup and JPMorgan, focusing on structured fixed income markets.TKP Investments – The €28bn Aegon subsidiary TKPI has appointed Rik Verhoeven in the new position of head of international new business as of 1 December. He is responsible for the firm’s international fiduciary services within the European institutional market, and will also focus on the international positioning and marketing of other asset management solutions. Verhoeven joined from Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he was head of international sales and marketing for German-speaking countries as well as head of Delta Lloyd AM’s sales team for the Netherlands.Netspar – Marike Knoef, member of the executive board of pensions think-tank Netspar, has been named as professor of empirical micro economics at Leiden University. At Netspar, Knoef researches pensions accrual, pension needs and the shaping of freedom of choice. She is already head tutor at Leiden University. compenswiss, LGPS Central, Wonen, Aon Hewitt, Union Investment, Stap, Franklin Templeton, Lombard Odier, BNP Paribas AM, NN Group, Law Debenture Pension Trustees, Metro Pensioenfonds, Barnett Waddingham, Carbon Tracker, Hermes, Man Group, Imperial College Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Kempen, T Rowe Price, BlackRock, TKP Investments, Netsparcompenswiss – The CHF37bn (€32bn) manager of Switzerland’s first-pillar buffer fund is looking for a chief risk officer as a result of an internal reorganisation. The current chief risk officer at the Geneva-based fund, Marc Pfenniger, is to take over the operations department as chief operations and finance officer, leaving his role to fill. The deadline for applications is 5 January. LGPS Central – The asset manager set up to run roughly £40bn (€45bn) of consolidated assets of nine local authority pension funds is searching for a head of investment operations. The window for applications closed yesterday and interviews commence next week, according to a job notice. It describes the role as having ”significant influence in shaping the nature of the operational infrastructure of LGPS Central and will be able to make a substantial contribution to ensuring that the financial objectives of the company are met”.The head of investment operations will report to the chief operating and financial officer, John Burns, one of a few key senior appointments LGPS Central has made in recent months. Others include the appointment of Andrew Warwick-Thompson as CEO and Jason Fletcher as CIO. Joanne Segars, former chair of the UK pension fund association, was appointed non-executive chair of the asset pool in May. last_img read more

WEST FLORIDA VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS

first_imgWEST FLORIDA VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS Sept. 26, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Middle Hitter Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) was named the offensive player of the week, while Junior Outside Hitter Kimberly Clark (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was the defensive player of the week in the Gulf South Conference. Clark and Spitzer lead the Argos to three wins this past week, including a five set match at West Georgia.Spitzer stepped up big for UWF this week, leading the offensive charge during the three wins. The Senior hit an amazing .433 on the week, including a .476 effort in a 3-2 win over West Georgia. That win ended the Wolves 17-game winning streak and put UWF 2-0 in GSC play. She had 37 kills on the week. Danielle was a pre-season GSC 1st team selection, and lead the Argos last year with 124 blocks. She is hitting .239 with 87 kills this season, and is currently second in the GSC with 1.23 blocks per game.West Florida Outside hitter Kimberly Clark was named the Gulf South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week. Clark, normally known for her offensive prowess, provided big “D” during West Florida’s successful week. The junior was a force, picking up both digs and blocks for her squad. She posted double-digit digs in two of her matches, while notching a block in every contest. Against West Georgia, she had a team-high 18 digs to go along with 8 total blocks. Kimberly does a little bit of every thing for the Argos, and she was previously named to the Comfort Inn-vitational All Tournament team. This is her first GSC player of the week nomination, and she has 185 kills, 172 digs, and 37 blocks thru the first 18 matches this year for UWF.West Florida is now 16-2 on the season, and 2-0 in conference play. The Argos host the defending GSC Champion North Alabama (9-9, 2-1) Lions, this Saturday in the UWF Fieldhouse at 5:00 pm. North Alabama won both meetings with the Argos last year, and did not lose a single conference match the entire 2006 season. The match up will include a total of seven player of the week honors as North Alabama has received four so far this year, and the Argos Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) won the award September 4th, following her tournament MVP performance in the Nanook Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Defeated By Lady Trojans

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs traveled to St. Leon to take on the Trojans in a Conference match- up. The Bulldogs were defeated in 3 sets. 25-13, 21-25, 25-20.We gave them a much better match this time around. We still aren’t healthy and you have to be on your A-game when you play EC.  We are getting better but had a few unforced errors in set 1 that really took us out of our game. We bounced back and played much better in sets 2 & 3. Leading us statistically on the night were Kylie Laker and Regina Gerstbauer serving both 12 for 13. Katie Bedel had 9 kills followed by Macy Prickel with 7. Our defense was led by freshman Laney Walsman with 19 digs and Kylie Laker with 13. Kylie also had 20 assists on the night.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville JV Volleyball team traveled to East Central falling just short on Tuesday evening in the conference match. Scores were 25-22, 23-25, 15-8.The team rallied to get the win in set 2 after losing starter Sophie Lee to an ankle injury. Shelby Westerfeld scores 8 service points and continued her dominance at the net pounding 8 kills on 28 spiking attempts. Naia Bustinza earned 4 kills in 16 swings. Sydnee Schaefer led the defense with 17 digs. Regina Gerstbauer handled all setting duties in the 5-1 offense picking up 15 assists.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.   ECVB hosted Batesville yesterday for the conference match-up. We came out on top in three straight sets. ECVB vs Batesville 9-17-19We broke the mold with this game- we started strong. We came out firing and pushed from the start. Our serving and defense led the way. We kept them out of system with our serving and frustrated Batesville’s hitters with our block and backcourt.  Set two and three we just let off the gas. We settled for “good enough” instead of pushing ourselves. We seemed to be going through the motions instead of attacking the way we did in the first set. We played just good enough to win.   Varsity is now 12-6 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC. Next up: at Lawrenceburg on Tuesday. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. EC JV winning against Batesville 25-22  23-25  15-8Tonight against the Batesville Bulldogs ECVB had another great start to a match. With intensity and knowledge the girls were able to hold off the Bulldogs in the first set. Once again, come second set, the girls became way too comfortable with a 1-0 lead that they did not play to the caliber they should. Like I have said in recent matches, this group has grit. To walk away with positives on the night, they never gave up and they showed hustle and heart in another close match. Their efforts landed them another conference win, onward! JV is now 11-3 on the season and 5-0 in the EIAC. Next up, Lawerence North Invitational on Saturday starting at 8:30 am. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.last_img read more

Delaney added to Ireland squad

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Damien Delaney had been drafted into the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan. A Football Association of Ireland statement read: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney has been added to Noel King’s provisional squad to face Germany and Kazakhstan on October 11 and 15 respectively. King’s squad now stands at 26 players.” The 32-year-old’s inclusion restores interim manager Noel King’s provisional party to 26 following the withdrawal of Hull winger Robbie Brady because of a hernia problem. King will reduce the squad, which is due to train for the first time in Malahide on Monday morning, to 23 after this weekend’s domestic fixtures. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bruce hails ‘proper captain’ Davies

first_imgSteve Bruce was full of praise for Curtis Davies after the Hull captain left the KC Stadium on Saturday with a nasty injury and clean sheet to his name. “He hasn’t surprised me. For me to pay £2.25million is a lot of money. I’ve still got big connections at Birmingham and he’s been their player of the year for the last two seasons, which is not easy to do for a centre-back.” One of Bruce’s other summer signings, Danny Graham, has had a less successful start. The striker, on a season-long loan from Sunderland, has not scored in seven Hull appearances and 24 in total, covering games with Swansea and the Black Cats. Bruce defiantly defends his all-round efforts, but accepts the drought needs to end. “I’m not interested in what went before. Danny has only been here for seven matches and he’s contributing to the team,” he said. “He needs to stay strong and for us to support him. “All strikers go through it and I’m sure he’ll be bigger and better and stronger for it when he does come through it. “He’s a really decent footballer and he just needs a goal, like all strikers do.” Davies signed for the Tigers for £2.25million in the summer and has proved an instant success courtesy of a handful of powerful performances at the back. He was at his best in the goalless Barclays Premier League draw against Aston Villa, fronting up in a physical contest with Czech striker Libor Kozak and coming out on top to be named man of the match. As well as Kozak, Davies had to guard against the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann and led the back line well enough to give goalkeeper Allan McGregor only one real save to make. The only down side on his day was an aerial clash with Kozak that left both men nursing head injuries. Davies, for once, came off second best and posted a picture on Twitter showing a badly swollen eye and cut that requires several stitches. “Looks like I’ve taken a few left/right/lefts from @AnthonyfJoshua”, Davies wrote, referring to Great Britain’s Olympic champion boxer. Bruce was delighted with the player’s quality and bravery in a match that otherwise had minimal talking points. “Sometimes a centre-back doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, but he really was a proper captain in this match. He was terrific,” said Bruce, a long-serving member of the defenders’ union from his playing days. “He has a horrible, horrible cut now, a really nasty one. It’s a cut over the eye but a bad one which is down to the bone. It might need internal stitches too. “But he put in a fantastic performance and helped us get a clean sheet. I thought he was by far the most outstanding player on the pitch. Press Associationlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Returns ‘Adverse Finding’ in Dope Sample

first_imgAnthony Joshua’s next opponent Jarrell Miller has returned an “adverse finding” in a drug-testing sample, says Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.American Miller, 30, is due to fight Briton Joshua, 29, at Madison Square Garden in New York on 1 June.Joshua is scheduled to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Miller, who has never fought for a world title. Hearn said Joshua’s “preparations continue” for his US debut.Hearn said he had been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) about the finding from a sample collected on 20 March. VADA operates within boxing and mixed martial arts.“We are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon,” he said on Twitter.Miller’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, said: “We are in the process of obtaining further information about Vada’s finding and will have more to say soon on this developing situation. In the meantime Jarrell continues to train for his 1 June fight against Anthony Joshua.”Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham said they “will 100% be looking at replacement options” if Miller is not allowed to fight.Joseph Parker, who Joshua beat on points in Cardiff last year to win the WBO belt, said on Twitter he was “very ready and willing” to step in.Miller, nicknamed ‘Big Baby’, has 23 wins and a draw as a professional, winning 20 of his fights by knockout, but the unbeaten Joshua represents a huge step up in class.In his last contest, Miller weighed in at 22st 7lb – almost five stone heavier than Joshua’s weight before his victory over Alexander Povetkin in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony-Joshua-and-Jarrell-last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse-Navy matchup

first_img Comments No. 7 Syracuse (8-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) travels to Navy (5-6, 3-4 Patriot League) on Saturday for the first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 1982. SU is looking for its fourth-straight win in its regular-season finale. Here’s what our beat writers predict what will happen. Michael McCleary (8-3)Seal the dealSyracuse 13, Navy 8I’m keeping the score close(r), but this is a win for Syracuse. The Orange have been rolling as of late and this probably won’t be the game where they slow down. SU seemingly outpaces Navy in every single statistical category and is playing some of the best lacrosse it’s played all season with a focus on patient, methodical play through the attack. The defense has been strong, the offense has been powerful and Syracuse has been a problem in its recent games. Expect that to continue Saturday, and the Orange end its regular season with a win.Andrew Graham (7-4)At easeSyracuse 14, Navy 5AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange end the regular season with a steady, easy victory at the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday. Now that I predict this, it will be a one-goal thriller like last year. But, Syracuse has more firepower than the Midshipmen can handle. With the 41st scoring defense in the country (11.55 goals per game), Navy seems prone to get swamped in the defensive end. The only hope is goalie Ryan Kern — 17th in save percentage (54.3) — gets hot. Still, the Midshipmen’s offense is no better off, scoring just over 10 goals a game. That’s not enough to cut it against a stingy Syracuse defense. The Orange get the win and can be at ease, knowing an NCAA tournament bid is in their grasp.Nick Alvarez (6-5)Above water Syracuse 16, Navy 7Hey, I’m above-.500! This one is pretty easy. Syracuse is on a roll heading into the postseason. This game is seemingly a tune-up. A loss would hurt the Orange’s RPI ranking, but a strong showing in the ACC tournament could secure a home game for the NCAA tourney. What I mean to say is, look for SU to ride the red-hot combo of Danny Varello and Jakob Phaup early, Nate Solomon and Bradley Voigt add to their season tallies and the defense holds another offense, this Midshipmen attack less-talented than Cornell’s and Hobart’s, to under 10 goals. In what I’m sure will be a fun venue for my beat partners to experience, the game should be a SU blowout. Published on April 20, 2019 at 4:52 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

North Tipp hurling competitions progress

first_imgMeanwhile, Tipperary’s U21 footballers began 2016 in winning fashion.The Premier County beat Down 1-11 to 0-12 in the Leinster U21 Football League. They won through to the decider by defeating Newport Gaels 1-17 to 2-13.The pairing in the North U21B Hurling Championship Final has also been decided.Borrisoleigh overcame Moneygall/Clonakenny 2-14 to 1-12 and Lorrha got the better of Portroe on a 2-16 to 2-14 scoreline in the competition’s semi-finals.last_img

Ronda Rousey explains why she will never have an intergender fight in UFC

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Ronda Rousey Releases Trailer Of Her Upcoming Documentary Online, Video Goes ViralUFC: Ronda Rousey slams the idea of an intergender fightWithout a doubt, Ronda Rousey is one of the greatest female athletes of all time. She revolutionized the women’s MMA division. The first woman to get inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame has beaten everyone on the roster before facing two back-to-back devastating losses against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Her unparalleled dominance in UFC ranks her as the ‘Baddest Woman On The Planet’. When asked about the possibility of an intergender fight, Ronda Rousey clearly said – ‘NO’.Also Read | Ronda Rousey Discusses Broken Hand Surgery In Excruciating Detail On Total DivasIn an interview with The Daily Beast, Ronda Rousey expressed her disapproval over the idea of an intergender fight. She said, “I don’t think it’s a great idea to have a man hitting a woman on television. I will never say that I will lose, but you could have a girl getting totally beat up on TV by a guy which is a bad image to put across.” The former bantamweight champion further added, “With all the football stuff that’s been happening, not a good idea. It’s fun to theorise about and talk about, but it’s something that’s much better in theory than fact.” Also Read | UFC: Gina Carano Reveals How Dana White Ruined Her Mega-fight With Ronda RouseyAlso Read | UFC Bids Goodbye To Liz Carmouche, The 1st-ever UFC Women’s Fighter Alongside Ronda Rousey A few months back, the triple C of UFC – Henry Cejudo – sparked a new concept of intergender fight. He expressed his urge to go against the women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko inside the octagon. No wonder, the concept of a man fighting a woman grabbed a lot of attention but the fantasy match up never materialized. Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey believes that an intergender fight is a bad fight and she would never do it. Last Updated: 24th December, 2019 21:51 IST Ronda Rousey Explains Why She Will Never Have An Intergender Fight In UFC Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey believes that an intergender fight is a bad fight and she would never do it. Find out what Rousey has to say about this. First Published: 24th December, 2019 21:51 IST Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Raj Sarkar FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Grichuk hits 3-run homer in 7th, Blue Jays beat Rays 6-4

first_imgLast Updated: 25th August, 2020 07:09 IST Grichuk Hits 3-run Homer In 7th, Blue Jays Beat Rays 6-4 Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning before later leaving with lower back tightness and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Monday SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 25th August, 2020 07:09 IST FOLLOW US LIVE TV Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning before later leaving with lower back tightness and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Monday.Reliever Aaron Loup (3-2) replaced Edgar García with one on and one out. After Cavan Biggio reached on catcher’s interference, Grichuk gave Toronto a 5-3 lead with his seventh home run.Grichuk soon had to exit his spot in center field.“He deserves all the credit for starting the game and trying to play, and then we had to take him out because it got really tight after that,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He started the game with his back hurting a little bit but he said, ‘I want to play it’s a big game.’”Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered for the Blue Jays, and Thomas Hatch (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win. He got his first big league victory in Friday’s game against the Rays.Jordan Romano worked the ninth for his second save. The right-hander got his first career save preserving Hatch’s win on Friday.Toronto is 14-13 and third in the AL East.“Honestly I feel like today was the biggest win of the year,” Montoyo said. ”I might be saying that for every game the rest of the year. But against that team … to go 2-2 … that’s why I felt like today was the biggest win of the year.”Yoshi Tsutsugo and Willy Adames homered for Tampa Bay. Oft-injured Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was hit on the right foot by a pitch in the sixth and left after the seventh.X-rays were negative but Kiermaier is not expected to start Tuesday night against Baltimore.The Rays reached the midway point of the regular season at 19-11 after winning 11 of 14 and are in a tight race with the New York Yankees in the AL East.Tampa Bay is missing eight pitchers due to injuries, including ace Charlie Morton.“Look, we’ve got to be pretty pleased with where we’re at 30 games given the injuries,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.Ji-Man Choi opened the Rays eighth with a single off Rafael Dolis and went to second when Tsutsugo walked. Choi scored to make it 5-4 on shortstop Santiago Espinal’s throwing error while attempting to complete a double play on a grounder by Joey Wendle.Dolis avoided further damage by getting a double play grounder from Adames.Toronto got the run back on Biggio’s RBI double in the ninth.The Rays went up 3-1 on Adames’ opposite-field, two-run homer down the line in right off Tanner Roark in the fourth.Adames also had an outstanding play at short in the sixth, sliding into the outfield to field a grounder and throw out Travis Shaw at first.Gurriel ended Rays starter Blake Snell’s day with a solo homer with two outs in the sixth that got the Blue Jays within 3-2.Snell allowed two runs, four hits and struck out nine.“It’s definitely a tough loss,” Snell said. “It’s a game we need to win.”Tsutsugo, hitless in his previous 14 at-bats, put the Rays up 1-0 with a homer in the second. Toronto tied it at 1 when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had an RBI double in the third.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker, placed on the 10-day IL Sunday, has a lat strain and his status is week to week. … RHP Trent Thornton, who left his start Sunday after one inning with right elbow inflammation, was placed on the 10-day IL.Rays: Morton (right shoulder inflammation) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Chase Anderson (0-0) will go against Boston LHP Kyle Hart (0-1) on Tuesday night in Buffalo.Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1) and Baltimore LHP Tommy Milone (1-3) are Tuesday night’s starters in Tampa Bay.Image credits: AP last_img read more