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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
05/30/2012 - 2:15am
Last Wednesday, in a 6-5 Red Sox win over the Orioles, Daniel Bard allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings before getting lifted with the bases empty after 90 pitches.
Alex Speier
05/29/2012 - 6:51am
So what exactly is Felix Doubront? What are we to glean from his first 10 starts of 2012?
Alex Speier
05/25/2012 - 7:34am
The storyline could be a very different one.
Alex Speier
05/24/2012 - 8:10am
BALTIMORE -- In a vacuum, it will hardly seem like a season-changing stretch. The Red Sox entered it two games under .500. They went 11-9 (a .550 winning percentage that would translate to 89 wins over a 162-game season) to pull themselves up to .500.
Alex Speier
05/23/2012 - 6:16pm
BALTIMORE – No one expected the transition to be seamless, but at the same time, no one expected it to be this extreme.
Alex Speier
05/23/2012 - 8:08am
BALTIMORE -- In defeat, a single swing offered an important reminder. For the Red Sox, the 2012 season has been dominated by injuries. Already this year, the team has placed a staggering 16 players on the disabled list.
Alex Speier
05/22/2012 - 9:00am
BALTIMORE – It’s decision day, and Will Middlebrooks is suppressing his curiosity.
Alex Speier
05/18/2012 - 3:03am
The sight was foreign but necessary. Daniel Bard navigated the Red Sox clubhouse on a few occasions over the past week, wielding what seemed like a foreign implement.
Alex Speier
05/15/2012 - 6:16am
There was pitch No. 119, a 93 mph fastball that was up, in and past the swinging bat of overmatched Mariners hitter Alex Liddi.
Alex Speier
05/12/2012 - 9:27am
Bobby Valentine was caught in between. Again.
Alex Speier
05/11/2012 - 6:47am
"I know that we have the players in our clubhouse who are committed to winning, who have the talent to do it, and are motivated to put 2011 behind them and prove to everyone that they're worthy of the fans' trust." -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington at the press conference introducing him as gene
Alex Speier
05/10/2012 - 10:00am
Jacoby Ellsbury would have made the play.
Alex Speier
05/08/2012 - 9:00am
The Rushmore of Red Sox second baseman has two faces on it.
Alex Speier
05/07/2012 - 8:29am
We’ve seen this before. In 2008, Clay Buchholz was a rookie with all the promise in the world who became shocked by his own failures. After a respectable start (3.71 ERA through his first 10 outings with a 2-2 record), his season got derailed and could not get back on track.
Alex Speier
05/05/2012 - 7:35am
He is a rare breed.
Alex Speier
05/04/2012 - 7:31am
What he has become is fairly obvious. Will Middlebrooks is the prospect with the glimmering future, the player who at age 23 is in the process of unlocking his considerable potential, emerging as an elite prospect.
Alex Speier
05/02/2012 - 8:00am
The intrigue surrounding the May Day deadline for the Red Sox to add Aaron Cook to their roster, in some ways, reflected an exercise in losing sight of the proverbial forest through the trees.
Alex Speier
05/01/2012 - 8:13am
The good news for the Red Sox is that Clay Buchholz submitted his best start of 2012 on Monday. The bad news is that it was the final chapter of a month in which, statistically, Buchholz was among the worst starters in baseball.
Alex Speier
04/25/2012 - 7:00am
Plenty went wrong for the Red Sox in their 4-10 start, but while most of the attention was directed at a pitching staff that gave up runs by the handful along with the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury, there was an overlooked component to the st
Alex Speier
04/24/2012 - 6:38am
When the Red Sox signed Cody Ross to a one-year, $3 million contract as a free agent this winter, the logic seemed glaring. Ross has what most view as a made-for-Fenway swing, a right-handed hitter who tends to launch crowd-scrapers to left.
Alex Speier
04/22/2012 - 3:36am
“This,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, “is a psychological situation.”
Alex Speier
04/21/2012 - 6:13am
At the start of the season, it seemed fair to wonder whether the back of the Red Sox rotation would struggle.
Alex Speier
04/19/2012 - 7:53am
It has been an extraordinary decade in the life of Fenway Park under team president Larry Lucchino and the current Red Sox ownership group.
Alex Speier
04/18/2012 - 7:43am
The question regarding Mark Melancon was supposed to be whether he was suited to close or set up. It was not expected to be whether he belonged in the big leagues or the minors.
Alex Speier
04/17/2012 - 4:00am
It is a strange time in the career of Kevin Youkilis, one in which the 33-year-old is confronted by different perceptions and, as such, new uncertainties.


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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.

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Dennis and Callahan are off until Tuesday so it's a free form Thursday.

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More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.

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John Farrell Joins Dale and Holley 8-27-14

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After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

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