Two players who might be on the outside looking in starred Tuesday for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jesus Aguilar, whose role as backup first baseman has been muddled this spring with Ryan Braun auditioning to share time with Eric Thames, hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh in the Brewers’ 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.
Brandon Woodruff, looking to work his way into the rotation, tossed four innings of one-run ball as Milwaukee improved to 12-6 in the Cactus League.
Still, the right-hander entered with a 12.27 ERA and appears destined to open in the Class AAA Colorado Springs rotation.
Closer Corey Knebel, bothered by tendinitis in his left knee, struck out two but allowed a run in an inning of work.
The closer has struggled this spring, giving up five runs over 3⅓ innings.