With a possible tie-breaker for their playoff life, the Red Sox are looking at Chen and other pitchers to start Thursday's game, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets. Any player they acquire on Wednesday would be ineligible to pitch for the team past the play-in game.
The Red Sox had previously talked about trading for a pitcher to start Wednesday's final regular-season game, but were turned down by the Mets for left-hander Chris Capuano. Instead, the team moved up lefty Jon Lester to start Wednesday's game against the Orioles. The Red Sox are tied with the Rays for the American League wild card.
Chen started Friday for the Royals, earning his 12th win of the season while allowing just two hits and a run against the White Sox, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.98. The left-hander is a free agent after this season. He is expected to start the Royals' finale in Minnesota on Wednesday.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.