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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
09/16/2011 - 5:07am
It was the type of game for which a team hungers for a proven, big game pitcher on the mound. Instead, the Sox featured a rookie with just three starts in the big leagues.
Alex Speier
09/12/2011 - 3:15am
They haven’t collapsed. At least not yet.
Alex Speier
09/10/2011 - 3:00am
The problem for the Red Sox is that John Lackey has not been alone.
Alex Speier
09/06/2011 - 2:50am
This is player development. Prospects rarely travel straight lines through their minor league careers. Almost all must endure struggle at some stage of their careers -- some at the beginning of their time in the minors, others at higher levels.
Alex Speier
09/05/2011 - 5:46am
The season series suggests that the Red Sox and Rangers are comparably talented. Both teams are capable of beating each other's brains out, something that Texas did six times against the Sox, with Boston returning the favor on four occasions.
Alex Speier
09/03/2011 - 9:22am
In 2011, has David Ortiz been as good as he was during his years as a perennial MVP candidate?
Alex Speier
08/31/2011 - 7:56am
On the one hand, it is an event that no longer feels present.
Alex Speier
08/30/2011 - 3:00am
After the 2009 season, the Tigers made it clear that they were ready to take offers on Curtis Granderson.
Alex Speier
08/29/2011 - 1:00am
The Red Sox rotation represented a potentially glaring issue at the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
08/27/2011 - 8:30am
With just over a month left in the season, the Red Sox are poised to cruise into the playoffs. While the team remains focused on maintaining its advantage (now one game) in the AL East over the Yankees, the team is in a position where it can use the final stages of the regular season to make sure its roster is properly aligned for the postseason.
Alex Speier
08/23/2011 - 3:22am
Five years from now, it may prove the case that 10 minutes of utter chaos were responsible for determining the future shape of the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
08/17/2011 - 1:25am
Prior to Tuesday night, of the 679 triple plays in recorded Major League baseball history dating to 1876, one combination stood out as – by far – the most common. The ‘round-the-horn, groundball triple play had accounted for 61 triple plays, easily outpacing any other form of the three-out play.
Alex Speier
08/16/2011 - 7:32am
After an 11th-hour frenzy of signings, the Red Sox were loaded with a diverse array of new prospects. In the end, the breathlessness about whether the team would be able to lock up a number of players who were considered tough signs proved ill-founded. The Sox had done their homework on player signability and had accurately gauged the landscape.
Alex Speier
08/15/2011 - 2:59am
It was a weekend in which the Red Sox confronted a power hitter on whom they once gambled in a trade and lost.
Alex Speier
08/10/2011 - 11:24am
There was Jonathan Papelbon, in the middle of August, blistering through his third save in as many nights.
Alex Speier
08/09/2011 - 7:44am
When Adrian Gonzalez arrived in Boston, he was hailed as the next great Red Sox slugger. But of late, his numbers have been more in line with those of his childhood hero, Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
Alex Speier
08/08/2011 - 11:48am
It has been the most deliberate season for draft pick signings ever.
Alex Speier
08/08/2011 - 4:56am
For a night, the two teams that have established themselves as the best to date in the American League played a game worthy of that stature.
Alex Speier
08/07/2011 - 2:32am
This was the sort of performance that the Red Sox needed to see in order to feel confident about their rotation for the postseason.
Alex Speier
08/06/2011 - 8:41am
It is a race that is shaping up to have all the excitement of a semifinal heat of a track meet.
Alex Speier
08/01/2011 - 7:00am
CHICAGO – This was a win-now move, the decorative flourish on top of a cake that was already nearly done.
Alex Speier
07/31/2011 - 7:00am
CHICAGO – The attention of the baseball world, and for that matter much of New England, was elsewhere. The rumor mill was in a full, dizzying transnational spin cycle. Over 24 hours, attention turned alternately to:
Alex Speier
07/30/2011 - 11:12am
CHICAGO – As of late Friday night, it was all quiet on the trading front. Sort of. The Red Sox are considering all their options for upgrading their pitching staff, but no deal was considered imminent. That comes as no real surprise, since the Sox typically like to sneak their deals in just under the July 31 trade deadline for non-waiver trades, as if in homage to Indiana Jones yanking his hat from beneath the crushing weight of a closing door.
Alex Speier
07/28/2011 - 3:17am
It is no longer simply a matter of “when” Clay Buchholz will come back from a back issue that has now had him on the disabled list for more than five weeks. Other questions are starting to creep into the equation, such as “if” and “in what capacity.”


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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

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Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

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Jonny Gomes with Joe Castiglione & Rob Bradford after the crazy win at Fenway

Joe & Rob talked to Jonny Gomes after the dramatic run-off win at Fenway over the Orioles.

Joe and Dave postgame with David Ross 04-17-14

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.

Dave O'Brien with Dale and Holley - 4-17-14

Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Previews Bruins-Red Wings 4-18-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about the creativity of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock as well as the potential for physical play in the series.

Shawn Thornton calls in on gameday 4-18-14

Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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Scott Stella on his buddy Mark Fucarile 4-18-14

Scott talked about the fantastic E 60 documentary Dream On and how his friend is doing.

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The top of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy.

Shawn Thornton calls in on gameday 4-18-14

Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Previews Bruins-Red Wings 4-18-14

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Bruins heavy favorites going into first round Series against the Red Wings

Mut and TC discuss how almost every national hockey writer is picking the Bruins to beat Detroit. Will the Bruins be too confident?

Mut and Merloni Previewing Playoff Hockey 4-18-14

Mut and TC preview the Bruins first round match up against Detroit Red Wings

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Dale and Holley with DJ Bean : Complete Bruins-Wings game 1 preview and analysis

We get you ready for Bruins game one of round one vs the Detroit Red Wings, with DJ Bean from WEEI.com

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Title Town Edition - 4-18-14

We tackle four topics all revolving around the most recent runs to championships in Boston, and misnomers like Title Town for Green Bay or Hockey Town for Detroit.

Jack Edwards previews Red Wings and Bruins Round 1 with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

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Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

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