Kyle Lohse will start for the Brewers against the Rangers on Wednesday night at Miller Park. It could have been the other way around.

Lohse's top two suitors near the end of his long foray into free agency were Milwaukee and Texas, though officials from both clubs downplayed their interest. Lohse said he was particularly frustrated with the Rangers, who said publicly that they had no interest while at the same time having what Lohse viewed as substantive discussions with his agent, Scott Boras. Last month, Lohse referred to the tactic as "bush."

"I'm happy with where I'm at," Lohse said Tuesday, on the eve of his seventh Brewers start and his first regular-season outing against the Rangers since 2006.

Does that mean he will enter Wednesday's outing with anything extra on his mind?

"No, obviously they are doing well, and they filled their needs elsewhere," Lohse said. "I'm happy here, and I'm glad they're doing well, too."

Left-hander Derek Holland will oppose Lohse in the finale of a quick two-game series. The Crew took the opener, 6-3, snapping a five-game losing streak.

In lieu of signing Lohse, the Rangers went with rookie Nick Tepesch as their fifth starter. But their depth was quickly tested in camp when Martin Perez suffered a broken left arm and Kyle McClellan strained a ribcage muscle. The Rangers were also hoping Colby Lewis would be ready to return by June 1 and did not want a multiyear deal with Lohse, who would have also cost them a first-round Draft pick.

The Brewers wound up signing Lohse for three years and $33 million on March 25 -- one week before Opening Day.