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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
04/13/2010 - 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.”
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.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Parcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

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Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

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.

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.

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Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Lupita Nyong'o is the Most Beautiful Woman 4-24-14

Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

Daily Diamond: NY's react…

Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.

Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Dale and Holley's Four at…

Dale and Holley's Four at Four Milestone Editon - 4/23/14

We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

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.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

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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Fantasy Football Off-Season Podcast 4

The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

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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Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray 4-22-14

Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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