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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
06/30/2014 - 8:33am
NEW YORK -- On the day that Dustin Pedroia signed his Red Sox-for-life contract, principal owner John Henry evoked a notion to which he'd been introduced by his former manager. "Tito used to say, 'If I had nine Dustins, we'd win every game,' " Henry mused.
Alex Speier
06/29/2014 - 9:43am
NEW YORK -- He's here. Now what?
Alex Speier
06/28/2014 - 8:11am
NEW YORK -- Reminder: The Red Sox had the best offense in baseball in 2013, and it wasn't even close. But that now seems like a lifetime ago. 
Alex Speier
06/27/2014 - 8:52am
Let's get to this first: It's a matter of when, not if. And that when could be very, very soon. 
Alex Speier
06/18/2014 - 7:14am
In many ways, Jackie Bradley Jr. became the Red Sox' everyday center fielder by default. The Red Sox simply lacked a viable alternative. 
Alex Speier
06/17/2014 - 12:11am
The ERA leaders among Red Sox starters? Is the group fronted by its Cy Young winner? Any of the four starters who have pitched in All-Star games? The lefty with outrageous career strikeout totals?  No. No. No. 
Alex Speier
06/14/2014 - 7:04am
The Red Sox won 10-3, in an offensive explosion that left virtually every member of the team in good spirits. Except, perhaps, for one. 
Alex Speier
06/12/2014 - 7:20am
BALTIMORE -- It is difficult to offer proper context for how bad the Red Sox offense has been. General manager Ben Cherington suggested on Tuesday that the Sox "just haven't clicked offensively," but that hardly does justice to the depths of the team's struggles. 
Alex Speier
06/11/2014 - 9:18am
BALTIMORE -- It was by design, not coincidence.
Alex Speier
06/10/2014 - 8:10am
BALTIMORE -- For the Red Sox rotation, the present is a question mark and an even more uncertain future looms. 
Alex Speier
06/10/2014 - 8:08am
BALTIMORE -- For the Red Sox rotation, the present is a question mark and an even more uncertain future looms. 
Alex Speier
06/07/2014 - 7:41am
Forget the absurd trade scenarios. Forget the Dodgers' bad contracts. Forget Mike Stanton. Forget acquiring Mike Trout in exchange for a pair of prospects. 
Alex Speier
06/06/2014 - 8:53am
This is what it means to go for upside. 
Alex Speier
06/05/2014 - 9:20am
How big a deal is the amateur draft? Ask Stephen Drew. 
Alex Speier
06/03/2014 - 1:52am
And so, the shuffle continued, a new wrinkle in a season that has upended the stable managing environment in which John Farrell helped to steward the Red Sox to a championship in 2013. 
Alex Speier
06/01/2014 - 7:59am
There has never been a question about the raw materials that Rubby De La Rosa possesses, about the capability to deliver the sort of performances like he did on Saturday night when he fired seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in leading the Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Rays.
Alex Speier
05/30/2014 - 7:43am
These are the first glimpses of potential greatness. We do not know what Xander Bogaerts will become. There are no certainties when it comes to phenoms who storm the baseball landscape. The line of prospects who never lived up to the glimpses of boundless early-career potential is long. 
Alex Speier
05/29/2014 - 8:04am
Vivid 10-year-old memories flooded Fenway Park on Wednesday, the reunion of the 2004 Red Sox championship team conjuring thoughts of games and moments within games that still seemed as if they just ended.
Alex Speier
05/23/2014 - 6:58am
It is a time of painful uncertainty in the career of Will Middlebrooks. 
Alex Speier
05/22/2014 - 8:03am
There's a tendency to view Clay Buchholz's struggles this year as unfathomable, unimaginable given what he's done in his career. The reality is that what the Red Sox have seen thus far in 2014 is very familiar. 
Alex Speier
05/21/2014 - 9:16am
It is not merely a position but an identity. And so it was that the news that the Red Sox had re-signed Stephen Drew crashed down upon Xander Bogaerts like a ton of bricks.
Alex Speier
05/21/2014 - 12:20am
Despite their early-season struggles, the Red Sox had received a measure of stability from at least one corner of their team. Through 44 games (including Tuesday night's 7-4 shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays), the team had employed only five starters throughout the entirety of the year. 
Alex Speier
05/20/2014 - 8:31am
In the winter after 2012, the Red Sox rolled seven after seven in the construction of their team.
Alex Speier
05/18/2014 - 1:45am
The good news for the Red Sox is that one out of every three games, they've been as good as nearly any team in the American League.


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Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

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Kevin Millar, MLB Network on the Castillo signing 8-22-14

Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

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Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

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The Garappolo era begins 8-29-14

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Jason Cole breaks down Tom Brady's reaction to the Mankins move 8-28-14

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More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.

Three For All: Johnny Clipboard has his own commercial 8-28-14

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Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Pat…

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