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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
09/17/2011 - 2:41am
As much as the absence of Josh Beckett had been glaring – and as significant as his return was – it may have ranked as the second most important event for the Red Sox on Friday night.
Alex Speier
09/16/2011 - 4:07am
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 - 2:15am
They haven’t collapsed. At least not yet.
Alex Speier
09/10/2011 - 2:00am
The problem for the Red Sox is that John Lackey has not been alone.
Alex Speier
09/06/2011 - 1:50am
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 - 4:46am
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 - 8:22am
In 2011, has David Ortiz been as good as he was during his years as a perennial MVP candidate?
Alex Speier
08/31/2011 - 6:56am
On the one hand, it is an event that no longer feels present. So much has happened in Jon Lester’s life over the last five years that the memory of being diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare, fast-spreading but highly treatable cancer of the lymph nodes, can seem distant.
Alex Speier
08/30/2011 - 2:00am
After the 2009 season, the Tigers made it clear that they were ready to take offers on Curtis Granderson.
Alex Speier
08/29/2011 - 12:00am
The Red Sox rotation represented a potentially glaring issue at the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
08/28/2011 - 2:00am
At a time when so much attention is being paid to where Jonathan Papelbon will make his residence beyond 2011, it is worth recalling the Red Sox’ good fortune that the closer has been making history for them over th
Alex Speier
08/27/2011 - 7:30am
With just over a month left in the season, the Red Sox are poised to cruise into the playoffs.
Alex Speier
08/23/2011 - 2:22am
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 - 12:25am
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.
Alex Speier
08/16/2011 - 6:32am
After an 11th-hour frenzy of signings, the Red Sox were loaded with a diverse array of new prospects.
Alex Speier
08/15/2011 - 1:59am
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 - 10:24am
There was Jonathan Papelbon, in the middle of August, blistering through his third save in as many nights.
Alex Speier
08/09/2011 - 6:44am
When Adrian Gonzalez arrived in Boston, he was hailed as the next great Red Sox slugger.
Alex Speier
08/08/2011 - 10:48am
It has been the most deliberate season for draft pick signings ever.
Alex Speier
08/08/2011 - 3:56am
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 - 1:32am
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 - 7:41am
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 - 6:00am
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 - 6:00am
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 - 10:12am
CHICAGO – As of late Friday night, it was all quiet on the trading front. Sort of.


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