Report: Red Sox looking to trade for starter to face Rays, eyeing Chen
One of the underlying questions if the Rays and Red Sox do end up in a one-game playoff on Thursday is who would pitch for Boston.
The answer could be a current member of the Kansas City Royals.
The Red Sox, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, are still looking into making a trade to acquire a starter to work that game, and Royals LHP Bruce Chen is among the possibilities.
To make it work, the Sox would have to consummate the deal today, and Chen would not be eligible to pitch for them in the postseason if they make it.
The 34-year-old is 12-8 with a 3.98 ERA this season, but of more relevance, is 1-1, 0.92 in six appearances (two starts) against the Rays from 2007-2010. In 19 2/3 innings he allowed six runs (two earned) on 11 hits with 17 Ks and six walks.
Johnny Damon is 13-for-28 against him, but B.J. Upton is 1 for 12, Evan Longoria 0 for 2, Ben Zobrist 1 for 7 and Casey Kotchman 0 for 4.
Boston's other options would appear to be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, rookie Kyle Weiland (0-2, 4.11 vs. Rays) or John Lackey (1-2, 6.46) on short rest.