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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
09/29/2014 - 8:28am
It was a glorious day, bathed in warmth and sunlight, an idyllic atmosphere that carried a faint reminder: There would be no autumnal chill, no baseball in the vivid fall hues where each pitch carries the weight and magnitude of a full season. This was the final reminder of a backwards season that ultimately is defined by the absence of October baseball. 
Alex Speier
09/28/2014 - 1:24am
Some haven't. "Not really," said Koji Uehara. Some have.
Alex Speier
09/26/2014 - 11:29pm
No one can say with any certainty what kind of return the Red Sox will receive on their investment in Rusney Castillo. But one conclusion is beyond doubt: The first $100,000 of their $72.5 million investment has been money well spent. 
Alex Speier
09/25/2014 - 11:47am
It is a period of evaluation that has featured an ever-more-crowded outfield. One after the other, the newcomers have arrived. 
Alex Speier
09/24/2014 - 8:19am
Pop quiz: Of the pitchers who were on the Red Sox' Opening Day roster, who leads the team in ERA? 
Alex Speier
09/24/2014 - 7:59am
It was a bad night for Yoenis Cespedes. 
Alex Speier
09/17/2014 - 1:59am
An evaluator in Pawtucket last week was asked about Rusney Castillo. "We just don't know," he said. "We have no idea."
Alex Speier
09/14/2014 - 7:50am
Will Middlebrooks is looking beyond his struggles.
Alex Speier
09/12/2014 - 8:47am
Still think Mookie Betts is impossibly blocked?
Alex Speier
09/08/2014 - 10:18am
Perhaps, finally, the corner has been turned.
Alex Speier
09/04/2014 - 10:48am
NEW YORK -- Who's on third? 
Alex Speier
09/03/2014 - 9:15am
NEW YORK -- They have Mookie. They have Rusney. Now what? 
Alex Speier
08/25/2014 - 8:01am
Not everyone is thinking about the future. 
Alex Speier
08/24/2014 - 8:08am
Why is Rusney Castillo now rich? Why did the Red Sox open the vault to confer $72.5 million upon a center fielder who has never played a single game in the majors and who hasn't been seen in a game of any sort since 2012? 
Alex Speier
08/22/2014 - 7:37am
Perhaps as soon as today, Rusney Castillo will become a very, very rich man.
Alex Speier
08/19/2014 - 8:51pm
Alex Speier
08/18/2014 - 8:26am
David Ortiz's home runs represent more than milestones. 
Alex Speier
08/13/2014 - 6:54am
Yoenis Cespedes has wasted little time to give a glimpse of why the Red Sox made their move for him at the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
08/12/2014 - 9:54am
"Shoulda been a Ray."
Alex Speier
08/11/2014 - 1:33am
Jackie Bradley Jr.'s run of offensive futility is nearing historic proportions. But Sunday marked a new landmark. The 24-year-old struck out in each of his four plate appearances (swinging on three occasions, looking once).
Alex Speier
08/07/2014 - 10:00am
There came a point late last month where the struggles of Xander Bogaerts bordered on alarming.
Alex Speier
08/05/2014 - 2:31am
Evidently, Henry Owens felt ready for the next level.  The 22-year-old delivered that message in blaring fashion in his Triple-A debut on Monday night. A pitcher who'd looked for a month or more like someone who was ready to graduate from Double-A made the point in no uncertain terms in his first outing with Pawtucket. 
Alex Speier
08/03/2014 - 9:28am
The Red Sox acquired a pair of potential middle of the order corner outfielders at the trade deadline on Thursday. But who will they flank? 


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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.

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We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

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We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

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Manager Torey Lovullo with Dale and Holley

We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15

Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

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Deflategate In Two Minutes 9-4-15

Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.

Remembering all the Whack-A-Trolls from Deflategate 9-4-15

A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.

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Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...

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Aloha Friday - Final Aloha Friday and an angry Ordway calls in 9-4-15

As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.

Reactions to yesterday's news that Tom Brady is no longer suspended 9-4-15

Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.

Tom Brady's attorney Jeffrey Kessler speaks out 9-4-15

Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.

SI's Michael McCann: The …

SI's Michael McCann: The NFL Embarrassed Itself

Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann

The Patriots Haters Ball Montage

Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.

Bob McNair and other owners ignorance is enabling Roger Goodell to move forward with Deflategate

We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.

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Chris Villani and John Tomase: All hail the great and obvious Judge Berman

Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.

Planet Mikey - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Brady Exonerated!

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.

Planet Mikey - What should the Red Sox outfield be?

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

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We Love Anthony Davis- Russell Wilson is the worst! 9-4-15

Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady is a free man and Patriots roster cuts

WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.

SoccerCast - Premier League transfer grades, 9-2-15

With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.

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Mike Florio on Brady vs, the NFL 9-2-15

Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.

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Tom Brady's appeal is to be heard today. The guys set the stage for what we should expect.

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