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About Alex Speier

Before he joined WEEI.com, Alex covered the Red Sox for several New England and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America. Alex graduated from Harvard, where he served as the captain of the debate team, an experience that has been of surprisingly little use in press boxes across the country.

 
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Alex Speier
04/23/2014 - 8:09am
There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion.
Alex Speier
04/22/2014 - 7:34am
There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. 
Alex Speier
04/19/2014 - 1:33am
The Red Sox offense remains mired in a profound slump. Yet that doesn't mean the team shouldn't be able to win. 
Alex Speier
04/15/2014 - 7:23am
This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. 
Alex Speier
04/14/2014 - 7:45am
The Red Sox would much rather leave the 2010 yearbook on the shelves, unopened.
Alex Speier
04/09/2014 - 7:40am
In spring training, it was an either/or. That's not necessarily the case anymore. The time may be coming when we see Shane Victorino and Grady Sizemore flanking Jackie Bradley Jr.  
Alex Speier
04/08/2014 - 8:14am
Most kids daydreamed in their backyards about hitting baseballs impossibly far. Jackie Bradley Jr. spent his formative baseball years intent on running impossibly far to catch them. 
Alex Speier
04/07/2014 - 7:16am
Unfamiliar adversity has come early.  It took all of one week for the Red Sox to find themselves in the sort of uncomfortable position that rarely characterized their 2013 title march. A year ago, the team used a strong start as a springboard to a methodical steamrolling through the season. 
Alex Speier
04/05/2014 - 6:44am
For years, the Red Sox have tried to feature a bullpen with multiple experienced closers in order to ensure nightly length and structure for their bullpen. And for years, they've struggled in that undertaking. It's been an inglorious few years for the back end of the Red Sox bullpen. 
Alex Speier
04/02/2014 - 4:17am
BALTIMORE -- Miraculous? The term seems a bit too strong -- but only a bit. 
Alex Speier
03/31/2014 - 10:00am
BALTIMORE -- The maturity of Xander Bogaerts, his evident comfort in the spotlight, is so compelling that it is sometimes easy to forget how quickly his baseball career is taking shape. But as he prepared for his first Opening Day in the big leagues, the 21-year-old remained mindful of his path.
Alex Speier
03/30/2014 - 9:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There had been other times in his baseball career when Will Middlebrooks couldn't see what others could. But never before had that notion been so literal. 
Alex Speier
03/29/2014 - 1:31am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Not everyone is surprised by what Grady Sizemore is doing. 
Alex Speier
03/28/2014 - 1:37pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Grady Sizemore, good baseball news had been a rarity over the last five years.
Alex Speier
03/27/2014 - 7:34am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is what a baseball player should look like.
Alex Speier
03/26/2014 - 7:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The year after: It can be an ugly place. 
Alex Speier
03/25/2014 - 6:17am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- That David Ortiz will finish his career with the Red Sox now seems virtually assured. The same is true of Dustin Pedroia.
Alex Speier
03/22/2014 - 8:15am
Life on the mound may not begin at 30 for Jon Lester, but the left-hander has no intention of letting it end at this phase of his career. 
Alex Speier
03/16/2014 - 9:12am
Will Middlebrooks appears to have diagnosed the problem. But does that mean that a solution is within reach?
Alex Speier
03/11/2014 - 7:30am
To switch-hit or not? Even on a day when he played his first game of 2014, batting exclusively from the right side, Shane Victorino wasn't ready to answer the question. 
Alex Speier
03/02/2014 - 9:31am
Of all the soundtracks that have greeted a reliever on the commute from the bullpen to the mound, it's safe to suggest that the Freakonomics podcast has never been employed. Though an unabashed fan of the series, new Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop is unlikely to buck that trend. Yet in his own way, the right-hander -- who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics from Bowling Green University -- might make an intriguing subject for the series.
Alex Speier
02/27/2014 - 6:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the shape of the Red Sox roster seems largely settled, there are some players with quite a bit at stake with spring training games ready to get underway. 
Alex Speier
02/25/2014 - 7:45am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Forget for a second what you think you know about Felix Doubront and focus instead on what is fact. Here's the profile: -- He's had health problems that have limited him on the mound to about 160 innings in each of the last two years.


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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

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