All the way up to Wednesday afternoon, Derek Holland thought he'd face the D-backs the next time he took the mound.
That changed when the Rangers were rained out Wednesday night and their entire rotation was pushed back accordingly.
Equipped with extra rest, Holland will face the Royals on Friday when the Rangers play host to Kansas City for the start of a three-game set.
Even though he will be throwing against different hitters than he originally expected, Holland isn't too concerned with the switch, especially since the left-hander gets an American League team instead of a National League squad.
"I've got time to get myself prepared," Holland said. "I've seen the Royals several times. We've played them eight million times in Spring Training. I have an idea, plus A.J. [Pierzynski] has played against them pretty much his whole career with the White Sox. I feel like I'll be OK and be prepared. It doesn't change anything. I'd probably do the same thing against Arizona."
Holland is coming off his third win of the month, as he defeated the Mariners last Saturday by allowing only two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings. His next opponent, Kansas City, had to wait out a lengthy rain delay before beating the Cardinals in St. Louis late Thursday night.
On the hill for the Royals on Friday will be Wade Davis, who allowed three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Angels in his last outing.
Davis' fastball and breaking ball carried him through six scoreless innings, before Josh Hamilton ended the shutout by leading off the seventh with a home run.
His command then wavered after the run, giving up two walks before being replaced by Bruce Chen, who threw just two pitches but gave up two RBI singles to J.B. Shuck and Erick Aybar.
Davis is 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA in five appearances against the Rangers. That high ERA stems from two starts against Texas when he combined to allow 15 runs in just six innings of work.
Rangers: Following heavy workload, Nathan gets extra rest
Closer Joe Nathan pitched all three days last weekend in Seattle against the Mariners, blowing his first save of the season on Sunday. Since then, Nathan has gotten four days off thanks to an off-day on Tuesday, a rainout on Wednesday and a victory on Thursday in which there was no save situation.
He is not convinced that he needed the extra rest and that the time off will be beneficial when he returns to the mound.
"We'll find out," Nathan said Thursday morning. "Days off are what you are. Sometimes you feel worse and sometimes you feel better."
Royals: Brett hired as interim batting coach
The Royals brought in Hall of Famer George Brett as their interim hitting coach on Thursday.
Although the team batting average is .261, eighth in the AL entering Thursday, the Royals are 13th among the 15 AL teams in runs scored with 199 and last in home runs at 28. In 16 of the 19 losses in their current slide, they've scored three or fewer runs. The outgoing hitting coach is Jack Maloof.
"Obviously things have not gone as we would have expected, and in light of the downturn in offensive production and poor results, we've decided to make a change," general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.
Although he helps out every year with the club in Spring Training, this will be Brett's first stint as a regular-season coach.
• The Rangers have been in sole possession of first place in the AL West for 40 straight days.
• Texas snapped a season-high three-game losing streak on Thursday.
• Royals outfielder Alex Gordon has 23 multi-hit games this season, which leads the Majors.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.