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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
05/30/2010 - 3:44am
In South Florida, history was happening.
Alex Speier
05/28/2010 - 5:00am
Daisuke Matsuzaka is now more than halfway through the six-year deal that he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2007 season. And yet, somehow, he remains the source of absolute befuddlement.
Alex Speier
05/24/2010 - 4:47am
It was defined as a potentially pivotal portion of the season. The Red Sox were staring down the barrel of one of their most challenging stretches of 2010, facing a run of five straight teams that had emerged as early postseason contenders.
Alex Speier
05/22/2010 - 11:01am
Those looking for reassurance amidst John Lackey's struggles need not look far.   In 2009, Lackey had a 2-3 record and 5.06 ERA (nearly identical to his 2010 mark) through his first nine starts. Opponents were hitting .317/.371/.462/.832 against him.
Alex Speier
05/21/2010 - 4:18am
Perhaps this is the week that will be viewed as the turning point of the season for the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
05/20/2010 - 4:00am
On the two-year anniversary of Jon Lester’s no-hitter, Clay Buchholz paid appropriate homage to his teammate’s accomplishment.
Alex Speier
05/17/2010 - 2:38am
You might have heard something about the Red Sox’ run prevention blueprint this offseason. Thus far, it is failing in startling fashion.
Alex Speier
05/15/2010 - 5:54am
During spring training, one American League executive took stock of the growing interest in run prevention. He noted that it represented less a sea change in the game than an ongoing quest for bang for the buck.
Alex Speier
05/13/2010 - 3:00am
Day after day during the Red Sox’ 10-game homestand, the image would be repeated.
Alex Speier
05/12/2010 - 3:58am
The question was meant to be harmless, amidst a slew of other inquiries about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s outstanding outing.
Alex Speier
05/11/2010 - 4:44am
A year ago, the Red Sox’ season came to an abrupt halt because Jonathan Papelbon could throw just one pitch for a strike, and the Angels knew it. Papelbon lost his postseason air of invincibility when he blew a save against the Halos, getting hit hard en route to a three-run yield. The Angels sat on nothing but fastballs, and Papelbon complied.
Alex Speier
05/08/2010 - 4:00am
Josh Beckett could not recall an outing like it in his career. Nor could pitching coach John Farrell conjure such a meltdown by a pitcher with whom he has worked for four seasons.
Alex Speier
05/06/2010 - 3:43am
After 1,000 games as the Red Sox manager, one would think that there would be little to learn about Terry Francona. Apparently, that assumption is flawed.
Alex Speier
05/04/2010 - 4:38am
The spots were supposed to represent the heart of the Red Sox lineup, the segment of hitters whom opposing pitchers would dread facing the most.
Alex Speier
05/03/2010 - 6:00am
If the Red Sox now hope to leave their troubles behind and to vault themselves into contention, they will have to do so the hard way.
Alex Speier
05/01/2010 - 6:15am
Perhaps no player better epitomized the Red Sox’ first month than Adrian Beltre, a notion that received a final demonstration in the final contest of an April that the Sox concluded with a losing (11-12) record.
Alex Speier
04/21/2010 - 3:27am
Long before he inked his name in Red Sox historical annals for his starring role in a 7-6 walkoff win over the Rangers, Darnell McDonald had a memorable Fenway experience, and it had nothing to do with anything he had done on the field.
Alex Speier
04/20/2010 - 2:00am
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
Alex Speier
04/19/2010 - 1:00am
It was a day when the Red Sox played like a deeply flawed team.
Alex Speier
04/17/2010 - 3:56am
The conclusion seemed natural.
Alex Speier
04/16/2010 - 3:36am
The season may be too young to jump to conclusions about individual players, but it is not too soon to be reminded that 25 players aren’t enough to propel a team through a 162-game schedule.
Alex Speier
04/14/2010 - 3:08am
WARNING: All of the numbers presented here are absurdly skewed by virtue of the incredibly short sample. Less than 5 percent of the season has been played. If one were to draw conclusions from such a tiny window, Dustin Pedroia never would have gotten a shot in the majors, and players like Julio Lugo (.320/.414/.400/.814 line through seven games) would have looked like All-Stars.
Alex Speier
04/13/2010 - 2:21am
The questions, naturally, were about Jon Lester. How to explain the left-hander’s command struggles? Why does it always seem as if he is the victim of the seeing-eye, bad-luck hits? Why was is he off to another sputtering start in April?
Alex Speier
04/10/2010 - 3:54am
The issue is not simply that Daniel Bard suffered the loss. The issue is that Daniel Bard was once again asked to pitch.
Alex Speier
04/09/2010 - 11:59am
Drake Britton knew immediately that something had gone seriously wrong. The left-hander was pitching for Lowell in August 2008 when he threw a career-altering changeup. “A sharp pain went up,” Britton recounted, “and I knew it was serious.”


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Heath Evans, NFL Network: The Impact of Revis and Browner on the Patriots Defense

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

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.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, discussing Rajon Rondo as a color commentator, the NBA draft, and the epic Pacers-Heat game

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.

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Joe and Dave Postgame with Grady Sizemore 04-11-14

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.

Dale and Holley: Steve Lyons 4-11-14

Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: On Pineda's par tar 4-11-14

Kevin Millar makes his weekly appearance to discuss Michael Pineda's apparent pine tar on his hand, the Red Sox loss to the Yankees, and the team's pitching.

Shawn Thornton on the Red…

Shawn Thornton on the Red Wings 4-15-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, brings us around the NHL 4-11-14

2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.

Dale and Holley: Jack Edwards 4-10-14

Jack Edwards talks about the Bruins stretch run to the playoffs and rants about the NCAA.

Shawn Thornton on the Red…

Shawn Thornton on the Red Wings 4-15-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the Red Wings series and the one year anniversary of the Marathon Bombings.

Headlines Headlines Headlines: Aaron Hernandez in more trouble 4-15-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.

Boston Strong one year later 4-15-14

Our montage to honor all those impacted by the terrorist attacks one year ago.

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Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Joe Andruzzi, Former Patriots OL: Reflecting on the Boston Marathon, 4-15-14

Joe Andruzzi witnessed the attacks first-hand and sprung into action to help others when the blasts went off on Boylston Street. The former Patriots OL joined the show to discuss and reflect on that day.

Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing one year later 4-15-14

Mut, Merloni and Christian Fauria reflect on the tragic events on April 15th 2013 at the Boston Marathon and discuss how the city has changed.

Matt Chatham with Dale an…

Matt Chatham with Dale and Holley: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing 4-15-14

We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.

Reflecting on the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing 4-15-14

Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.

David Abel of the Boston Globe : Remembering Martin Richard through the eyes of the Richard family 4-15-14

We speak with David Abel of the Boston Globe, who penned the incredible piece on the Richard Family in this past weekend's Boston Globe.

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Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

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Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

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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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Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.

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