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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
04/09/2010 - 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.”
Alex Speier
04/08/2010 - 11:44am
So there they were, again.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 12:03pm
It is Game 3 of the season, a time when teams that are making a first spin through the rotation typically expect a downgrade from “front of the rotation” starter to “mid-rotation guy.” There is supposed to be an appreciable decline in quality. The pitcher on the mound is not supposed to be someone like John Lackey.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 4:18am
It is a relatively trivial matter that David Ortiz is hitless this year. The first two games of the season amount to a relatively meaningless stretch of time during which is it all but impossible to draw any accurate conclusions about a player.  
Alex Speier
04/05/2010 - 5:49am
During spring training, one American League talent evaluator reflected on the notion that the Red Sox were destined to suffer an offensive decline after seeing Jason Bay leave for the Mets.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 2:37pm
Stephen Strasburg is starting the year in the minor leagues.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 11:22am
LOU MERLONI
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 3:57am
Our panel of Lou Merloni, Dale Arnold, Rob Bradford, Kirk Minihane, Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier peers fearlessly into the crystal ball in an attempt to see the future of the Red Sox' 2010 Opening Day roster. For the panel's playoff predictions, click here.
Alex Speier
04/01/2010 - 8:06am
In one sense, the idea that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are closing on a contract extension that would keep the Opening Day starter in Boston for four more years is unsurprising.
Alex Speier
03/28/2010 - 3:03am
Thus far this spring, the reviews of Daniel Bard’s changeup have been uniformly positive. The pitch, which he hopes will help him neutralize left-handers, could prove a difference maker. That said, the Sox identify the pitch as his third best offering. Though pleased with the results he’s been getting with it this spring, the team note that his living is made on the strength of his mitt-smashing fastball and the hard swing-and-miss slider that established him as a big leaguer last year.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 7:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey seemed to shrug off the home run that he allowed in a minor league camp game to Daniel Nava on Monday. He was, after all, just getting his work in, building up his pitch count towards the start of the regular season.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 6:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a rough day of work for Clay Buchholz that included a return of a bad habit. Now, what remains to be seen is whether the pitcher’s lapse was temporary, or whether it could be somewhat more ominous.
Alex Speier
03/23/2010 - 6:27am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Carl Crawford needs little time to react.
Alex Speier
03/22/2010 - 3:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The elements in Fort Myers conspired against Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday, with repercussions beyond a single bad day at the office.  
Alex Speier
03/20/2010 - 8:33am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Ordinarily, deals that involve the movement of superstars in exchange for prospects require years to analyze.
Alex Speier
03/19/2010 - 2:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – He has become the best player on a team that is typically one of the best in the game. His numbers rival those of nearly anyone in the game, putting him on the short list for the American League MVP Award in two straight years.   But the spotlight does not shine on Kevin Youkilis.  
Alex Speier
03/18/2010 - 11:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In most cases, the work of veteran relievers in spring training games represents little more than an exercise in going through the motions and building up arm strength towards the season.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 7:00am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Add one more to the ranks of both Red Sox pitching prospects and rotation options.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 1:43am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – It was a long, anxious day on which baseball seemed nearly irrelevant.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 7:06pm
UPDATE: The Red Sox issued the following statement on Tuesday night about outfielder Ryan Westmoreland's surgery:
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 10:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Madison Younginer did not hide his divided loyalties.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 2:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Thus arrived the first day of the rest of Mike Lowell’s career.
Alex Speier
03/15/2010 - 12:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – When the Red Sox talked to Jacoby Ellsbury about moving to left field for the 2010 season, the team wanted to make clear to the 26-year-old that it wasn’t a demotion.
Alex Speier
03/07/2010 - 11:04am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Michael Bowden’s entry into Saturday’s game waited on John Lackey to finish his outing, as the young right-hander was left to piggyback the Red Sox’ star offseason pitching addition. There was something apt about that structure, since Bowden’s big league future also may have been delayed by the arrival of the former Angels star.
Alex Speier
03/05/2010 - 7:53am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It all happened in an instant.


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