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Before he joined, 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.

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.”
Alex Speier
07/27/2011 - 7:38am
It was not so long ago that it was fair to wonder if the 2011 season might end up being Dustin Pedroia’s worst. Now, almost two-thirds of the way through the year, the question has become whether this will end up being the finest year of the second baseman’s career.
Alex Speier
07/25/2011 - 3:52am
The trade deadline: Even for contenders, it’s not just about 2011. July 31 represents the end-point for teams to make trades that do not require waivers. The final days building up to the end of the month invariably feature a flurry of rumors and activity as teams look to improve their positions.
Alex Speier
07/23/2011 - 6:41am
In retrospect, the fact falls somewhere between amusing and puzzling to consider.
Alex Speier
07/21/2011 - 1:52pm
Few events crystallize perceptions of a farm system like the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 5:44pm
BALTIMORE -- It is the sort of line that a team encounters a few times a decade, if that.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 7:13am
BALTIMORE — And so it would appear that the Red Sox are deep into the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. Again.
Alex Speier
07/19/2011 - 7:20am
BALTIMORE – So, yes, it is the final two weeks before the trade deadline, and the inevitable debates will occur with increasing passion. A right-handed hitting outfielder! A shortstop! A starter! A reliever! This is the time of year at which opinions about a team’s needs become inflamed, sometimes out of proportion with the reality of the situation.
Alex Speier
07/18/2011 - 12:11pm
It is inevitable.
Alex Speier
07/14/2011 - 12:00pm
PHOENIX – It has been easy to overlook the season of Kevin Youkilis.
Alex Speier
07/12/2011 - 8:10am
PHOENIX – When the Red Sox picked up the $12.5 million option on David Ortiz’ contract for the 2011 season, there was a sense that the team was doing the longtime slugger a favor.
Alex Speier
07/11/2011 - 4:25am
PHOENIX — At the start of 2010, plenty of people were ready to jump on the Jacoby Ellsbury bandwagon. The dynamic outfielder had emerged in his first two-plus big league seasons as an offensive difference-maker, a catalyst in the truest sense of the word.
Alex Speier
07/10/2011 - 12:12am
The scouting and development process that led to this point – in which Kyle Weiland will make his big league debut as a starter for the Red Sox on Sunday – began more than a decade ago, when the right-hander was about 10 years old.
Alex Speier
07/07/2011 - 6:00am
It was approximately three hours before the start of Wednesday’s game, and Jacoby Ellsbury was talking with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick about his ticket requests for the All-Star game.
Alex Speier
07/06/2011 - 2:36pm
While most Red Sox fans will be rooting against Ricky Romero when he takes the mound for the Blue Jays in Fenway Park on Wednesday night, one Sox d
Alex Speier
07/06/2011 - 7:29am
Jon Lester had been little short of masterful through four no-hit innings on Tuesday night, and so when he did not emerge from the dugout for the fifth inning, and was instead replaced by Matt Albers, confusion followed by concern
Alex Speier
07/05/2011 - 7:29am
It was Dec. 16, 2009, and though Fenway Park was in the process of being converted to an icebox to host the Bruins, baseball had reasserted itself in Boston for a day.
Alex Speier
07/02/2011 - 7:43am
Not all paths to success are identical. That is a message that was reinforced in unusual fashion for Andrew Miller during an unforgettable dinner conversation.
Alex Speier
06/23/2011 - 8:06am
Perhaps the most notable image of Wednesday’s game did not involve a player.
Alex Speier
06/22/2011 - 3:00am
Forget the platoon. The Red Sox have been engaged in an outfield timeshare with Carl Crawford on the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona has described it as a mix-and-match approach.
Alex Speier
06/21/2011 - 4:00am
It is a siren that has ruined the career of many a promising prospect. A team drafts a young pitcher and instantly proclaims that his stuff has brought him to the cusp of big-league stardom. His time in the minor leagues is little more than a lillipad that serves as a springboard to a big league destination.
Alex Speier
06/19/2011 - 3:00am
It’s coming. On Monday, Adrian Gonzalez will be reunited with a Padres team for whom he grew up rooting and with whom he came of age as a player. For the first time since the blockbuster deal that sent the star first baseman from San Diego to Boston, he will face the team that traded him when the Padres make their way to Fenway Park for a three-game series.
Alex Speier
06/18/2011 - 7:00am
Right now, the good ship Red Sox is steaming along, with Boston having flattened its opponents en route to the best record in the American League.
Alex Speier
06/15/2011 - 2:59am
For the Red Sox, it is arguably less significant what they decide to do with left-hander Andrew Miller than the mere fact that they have a challenging decision to make.
Alex Speier
06/13/2011 - 9:30am
For the Red Sox, the current run of exceptional play likely comes as much as a source of relief from anxiety as it does as cause for excitement. And for the rest of baseball world, the run is daunting beyond its implications for the 2011 season.

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