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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
04/30/2011 - 4:27am
Justin Smoak played his first big league game in Fenway Park on Friday night, but it was not his first trip to the historic ballpark.
Alex Speier
04/28/2011 - 1:16am
BALTIMORE – It is a simple case of the whole being less than the sum of the theoretical parts. The Red Sox have a loaded roster. But they have not been able to perform at a consistently excellent level. Even during the recent run of eight wins in nine games, that was largely a credit to a remarkable run of starting excellence. The team won in spite of, rather than because of, various lineup members expected to be key contributors.
Alex Speier
04/27/2011 - 3:04pm
BALTIMORE – For Kevin Youkilis, history is now quite literally within arm’s reach. The Red Sox third baseman has been hit by 70 pitches in his career. He has been plunked in the back, on the elbow, on the rear, the leg, the helmet… Nearly every appendage has been bruised in his relentless march through the ranks of franchise history.
Alex Speier
04/27/2011 - 7:00am
BALTIMORE – It started over the months and years during which the rumors floated in the ether. It intensified immensely when the Padres and Red Sox agreed to a deal, pending a successful negotiation between the player and his new team.
Alex Speier
04/26/2011 - 2:42am
A case can be made that Anthony Ranaudo was the most-hyped Red Sox draft pick of all time. At a time when interest in the amateur selection process has grown to unprecedented levels, the big right-hander entered 2010 ranked among the top handful of prospects in the game. Though he struggled as a junior while dealing with health and mechanical setbacks, he used a dominant run in the Cape League to re-establish his credentials.
Alex Speier
04/22/2011 - 8:15am
The Red Sox’ catching situation is starting to be perceived as if it’s something of a crisis. It’s not terribly difficult to understand why.
Alex Speier
04/21/2011 - 3:00am
On a day when Clay Buchholz helped the Red Sox to complete one of their best turns of the rotation in the past 64 years, it was nonetheless the bullpen that provided the game’s foremost drama and intrigue.
Alex Speier
04/20/2011 - 12:45am
It may have seemed like Jed Lowrie was playing out of his mind during the Red Sox’ homestand at Fenway Park, having a sort of once-in-a-lifetime, out-of-body run of brilliance at the plate. He wasn’t.
Alex Speier
04/19/2011 - 7:00am
Daisuke Matsuzaka likely wasn’t pitching for his rotation spot on Monday. But he pitched as if he was, with dazzling results.
Alex Speier
04/18/2011 - 2:01am
The Red Sox said all spring that their best lineup features Jacoby Ellsbury as a leadoff hitter. Monday might be a good time for them to start testing that hypothesis again.
Alex Speier
04/16/2011 - 4:00am
It started as a day of coronation for Adrian Gonzalez as a player worthy of joining the $100 million club, and ended with doubts about whether another player who will receive comparable piles of cash from the Red Sox can earn his keep.
Alex Speier
04/14/2011 - 5:21am
The Red Sox did not just commit $142 million to Carl Crawford because of what he can do when performing to the best of the abilities. The team’s faith in the outfielder was also a product of how he handles adversity, and the process he has in place to deal with slumps such as the one that has characterized the start of his Boston tenure.
Alex Speier
04/13/2011 - 3:22am
OK, it’s early. But for how much longer?
Alex Speier
04/11/2011 - 3:00am
The question was obvious: When was the last time members of the Red Sox had seen Josh Beckett be this good?
Alex Speier
04/10/2011 - 7:07pm
In March, Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur was getting buzzed by a small hovercraft in the Red Sox' spring training clubhouse. His response was unexpected.
Alex Speier
04/09/2011 - 6:54pm
There’s no need to dance around the subject.
Alex Speier
04/05/2011 - 12:00am
ARLINGTON, Texas – Five years ago today, a closer was born.
Alex Speier
04/04/2011 - 7:14am
ARLINGTON, Texas — Do with the three-game losing streak what you will. View it as cause for alarm or as a normal part of the rhythm of the baseball season, a false first step in a marathon that offers plenty of time to recover.
Alex Speier
04/03/2011 - 8:00am
ARLINGTON, Texas – OK, it’s early. The Red Sox have played all of two games, or about 1.2 percent of a full baseball season. So the fact that they got shelled by the Rangers, 12-5, in the second game of the year (recap) ultimately means little.
Alex Speier
04/02/2011 - 7:29am
ARLINGTON, Texas – It wasn’t so much a warning as it was a reminder.
Alex Speier
04/01/2011 - 11:50am
ARLINGTON, Texas — There are players for whom the significance of the Opening Day introductions will be obvious.
Alex Speier
03/31/2011 - 9:04pm
Into the great unknown! Everybody and their mom is picking the Red Sox to win the World Series, which makes for a pretty boring cross-section of prognostications. Nuts to that. We at WEEI.com prefer to explore the minutiae that occupies the gray matter of fans for 162 games or so.
Alex Speier
03/30/2011 - 1:27am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Where to start Jose Iglesias this year?
Alex Speier
03/27/2011 - 3:01am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Decision is becoming clearer. The Red Sox are in the final stages of deciding who will be taking their talents to Texas as members of the Opening Day pitching staff.
Alex Speier
03/25/2011 - 7:52am
JUPITER, Fla. – On the mound, Clay Buchholz performed at times last year as if he had ice water in his veins. But ice on his shoulder? That’s another story completely.


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