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Two East teams could clinch playoff spots this week.
East softball is at 6-6 in district with just two games to go. If the Titans go 1-1 this week they could tie for the fourth and final playoff spot and force a mini-playoff with Terry. Unless the Titans loss this week is against Terry. That would give the Rangers the tiebreaker. East head coach Melissa Buck told me how she feels about her team's chances. "We're confident we can play with both teams we play this week. I don't see any reason why we can't compete with Calhoun and why we can't beat Terry on Friday." 
East softball takes on Calhoun Tuesday night at the Victoria Youth Sports Complex.
East baseball is in much better shape to clinch a playoff spot.
If the Titans go 2-0 this week they could clinch a post-season spot for the eighth straight year. That would be the opposite of last week, when East went 0-2, dropping out of a tie for the district lead, falling to third place. I asked East baseball head coach Wes Kolle how tough last week was for his team. "Definitely a tough week. We just didn't get it done. We have to do a better job of playing a complete game and minimizing and avoiding the big inning. The big inning really bit us last week in both games."
East baseball hosts Calhoun Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.
    
Smith bunted for a single against starter Martin Perez (1-2) in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead. He doubled and scored in the third on his way to a second four-hit game in eight days.
    
Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs.
    
Snell (2-1) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, the third time this season a Tampa Bay starter has pitched at least six innings.
    
Joey Gallo hit his sixth home run to get Texas on the board in the fourth. It was the first home run by a left-handed hitter against Snell, who has made 47 career starts.
    
Nomar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth off reliever Chih-Wei Hu.
    
C.J. Cron hit his second homer and Daniel Robertson connected for his first off Perez, who gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.
    
Rays third baseman Matt Duffy and Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar left the game early with injuries.
    
Profar was in concussion protocol after being upended by Smith's slide in the second inning. Profar came down on the side of his head after making a throw toward first base.
    
Duffy left in the first inning with right hamstring tightness.
    
MOVING DAY
    
INF-OF Renato Nunez, claimed by Texas on waivers Sunday from Oakland, was added to the 25-man roster and OF Ryan Rua was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. ... The Rangers acquired C Tony Sanchez from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Round Rock.
    
TRAINER'S ROOM
    
Rangers: OF Delino DeSheilds (broken left hamate bone) is hitting off a tee.
    
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into second base Sunday, will have surgery Friday and be out two to three months. ... 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) could start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Charlotte.
    
UP NEXT
    
Rangers LHP Matt Moore, who pitched his first 5 1/2 seasons for Tampa Bay, will make his first start at Tropicana Field as a visiting pitcher. The Rays' starter is to be determined.
    
 

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