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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
10/13/2010 - 2:42am
It had been hanging over the Rays all season. This was the proverbial last-hurrah, the final opportunity for the core that won the American League pennant in 2008 to claim a championship.
Alex Speier
10/11/2010 - 3:34am
It was a moment that suggested a sea change in how winning teams are formed, both in the majors and in the American League East.
Alex Speier
10/08/2010 - 12:26pm
The playoffs have continued a pair of themes that have been prominent throughout the 2010 season. It is a year of dominant pitching and questionable umpiring. Could the two be related?
Alex Speier
10/07/2010 - 2:13am
On Wednesday, Roy Halladay did what seemed impossible. In one of the great hitter's environments in the majors, against one of the best lineups in the majors, he threw a no-hitter in Citizens Bank Park.
Alex Speier
10/02/2010 - 6:00am
So, it is almost done, the rest representing little more than a formality. The Yankees accomplished their 2010 goal, while the Red Sox fell short of theirs.
Alex Speier
09/30/2010 - 4:00am
Jon Lester has no business being a member of the Boston Red Sox. In retrospect, the idea that he remained available in the second round, at the No. 57 pick in the 2002 draft, is preposterous.
Alex Speier
09/27/2010 - 8:27am
NEW YORK – The two Yankees players who started the rally that effectively ended the Red Sox’ 2010 season may have a great deal to do with what happens to the Sox in the coming offseason.
Alex Speier
09/27/2010 - 6:20am
NEW YORK – When Felipe Lopez arrived in Yankee Stadium on Saturday, he said that part of his reason for joining the Red Sox rather than the Padres was b
Alex Speier
09/26/2010 - 10:36am
NEW YORK – Jason Varitek knows what Cy Young Award-winning pitchers look like.
Alex Speier
09/22/2010 - 1:53am
Amidst the questions about the causes of the Red Sox’ slide from contention this year, here’s one line of inquiry that has been easy to ignore: What if the Jeremy Hermida lottery ticket had hit the jackpot?
Alex Speier
09/21/2010 - 7:13am
Make no mistake: Wins and losses remain the ultimate measuring stick in baseball, the barometer of a team’s success over the course of a 162-game grind. But where once those same two statistics offered the measure of a pitcher’s performance, now the preferred means of evaluating pitching performances have changed.
Alex Speier
09/18/2010 - 9:30am
It is nearing the end of Year One, still too early to draw conclusions about the ultimate merits of the five-year deal that John Lackey signed with the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
09/16/2010 - 2:00am
It’s crazy. Right? Insane. Right?
Alex Speier
09/14/2010 - 6:33am
Jon Lester is not one to reflect. He typically greets mention of the milestones he reaches with something between a grimace and a shrug.
Alex Speier
09/13/2010 - 6:08am
On Sunday, J.D. Drew did something that has been increasingly rare over the course of this season: He made an impact.
Alex Speier
09/10/2010 - 7:27am
The moment represents a landmark in the career of Lars Anderson.
Alex Speier
09/08/2010 - 7:46am
There was no surprise in the announcement, but it still was a striking admission.
Alex Speier
09/07/2010 - 5:39am
The minor league regular season came to its conclusion on Monday, and on the surface, 2010 seemed to represent a disappointment for the Red Sox farm system.
Alex Speier
09/05/2010 - 4:00am
It is possible to overanalyze the situation.
Alex Speier
09/03/2010 - 6:00am
BALTIMORE – Hours before the series finale against the Orioles, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was examining video of his swing.
Alex Speier
09/02/2010 - 7:51am
BALTIMORE – Josh Beckett has been here before, searching for answers in a season considered – by himself, by others – as a terrible disappointment.
Alex Speier
09/01/2010 - 8:00am
BALTIMORE — It is becoming painful to watch Marco Scutaro, but that is nothing compared with how painful it is to be Marco Scutaro.
Alex Speier
09/01/2010 - 6:01am
BALTIMORE — On Tuesday afternoon, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that hope had not been extinguished.
Alex Speier
08/29/2010 - 11:45am
A night when Scott Atchison was on the mound as the pitcher of record for the Red Sox in one of their biggest losses of the season offered a reminder.
Alex Speier
08/28/2010 - 2:50am
Darnell McDonald's unlikely season added another image to the highlight reel on Friday. With the Red Sox clinging to a 2-1 lead against the Rays in the bottom of the sixth inning, a Jason Bartlett single with burner B.J.


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