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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
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.
Alex Speier
03/05/2010 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Cameron had worn the No. 25 for each of the last four seasons, but with Mike Lowell in possession of that number upon the outfielder’s arrival in Boston, another set of digits was in order.
Alex Speier
03/04/2010 - 7:44am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — In its own right, the outing by Casey Kelly offered little obvious meaning beyond the opportunity to overcome any stage fright that he might have had this spring.
Alex Speier
03/03/2010 - 8:33pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The echo was undeniable, even if faint.
Alex Speier
03/03/2010 - 2:30am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It is popular sport to disparage spring training, especially for a team such as the Red Sox that would appear to have almost all of its roster set.
Alex Speier
03/02/2010 - 8:09am
Alex Speier
02/24/2010 - 7:03am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — In his session with the media on Tuesday, Mike Lowell said that the Red Sox front office had not approached him about the possibility of remaining in Boston and contributing in a reserve role.
Alex Speier
02/23/2010 - 8:17am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz did more than arrive at spring training on Monday.
Alex Speier
02/22/2010 - 8:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The bullpen sessions that are a staple of spring training can seem monotonous. But for John Farrell, they represent an opportunity.
Alex Speier
02/19/2010 - 7:22am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey would represent a substantial upgrade to any rotation in the majors. Yet at the beginning of the offseason, it was common to question why the Red Sox would channel tremendous resources to address an area of apparent strength.
Alex Speier
02/16/2010 - 11:39pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The great ones emerge stronger.  
Alex Speier
02/05/2010 - 4:43am
Victor Martinez is one of the best hitting catchers in major league history. Yet it remains to be seen whether the Red Sox — or anyone else — will pay him like one.
Alex Speier
01/29/2010 - 3:03am
There were few surprises among the list of participants in the Red Sox’ Rookie Development Program.
Alex Speier
01/21/2010 - 1:11am
The Red Sox currently are conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big league debuts in a 12- to 18-month time frame.
Alex Speier
01/20/2010 - 12:24am
"Money often costs too much." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life The offseason Red Sox storylines have been numerous and fascinating: the saga of Jason Bay, the sudden and decisive move to sign John Lackey, the winter-long uncertainty of Mike Lowell, the team's defense-first sequence of signings meant to overhaul run prevention.
Alex Speier
01/19/2010 - 10:10am
The Red Sox currently are conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big league debuts in a 12- to 18-month time frame.
Alex Speier
01/15/2010 - 1:18pm
The Red Sox are currently conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big-league debuts in a 12- to 18-month timeframe.
Alex Speier
01/15/2010 - 5:35am
It is not so much that Bill James’ ideas about defense have changed. The father of modern baseball statistical analysis insists that he has never doubted the value of great glove work.
Alex Speier
01/13/2010 - 12:04pm
The Red Sox are currently conducting their annual Rookie Development Program.
Alex Speier
01/12/2010 - 2:43am
The notion was raised by Peter Gammons a couple weeks ago on WEEI. The Hall of Fame scribe recalled that Rickey Henderson found the physical punishment of playing center field to be somewhat detrimental to his offense.
Alex Speier
01/06/2010 - 4:19am
So just how much impact can a baseball team make by upgrading its defense — particularly if that comes at the expense of the lineup?  
Alex Speier
12/30/2009 - 3:05am
The turn of events is striking.
Alex Speier
12/18/2009 - 5:21am
There are some players whose signings with the Red Sox lead to skepticism about whether they can handle the unique challenges of playing in Boston. John Lackey is not such a player. The new Sox starter, after all, has never been one to shy from a challenge. That has been apparent since his first days as a professional.
Alex Speier
12/16/2009 - 1:19am
On Friday, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino sounded a note of some defiance about his team’s commitment to the 2010 season. He insisted the Sox' financial investment in winning would remain undiminished in the coming season.


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