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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
05/20/2014 - 11:20pm
Despite their early-season struggles, the Red Sox had received a measure of stability from at least one corner of their team. Through 44 games (including Tuesday night's 7-4 shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays), the team had employed only five starters throughout the entirety of the year. 
Alex Speier
05/20/2014 - 7:31am
In the winter after 2012, the Red Sox rolled seven after seven in the construction of their team.
Alex Speier
05/18/2014 - 12:45am
The good news for the Red Sox is that one out of every three games, they've been as good as nearly any team in the American League.
Alex Speier
05/17/2014 - 6:53am
The Red Sox understood that when they committed to youth, to a lineup featuring three players who are 25 years old or younger, that they would be vulnerable to more pronounced peaks and valleys than might have typified their lineup a year ago. That, the team felt, was worth the upside.
Alex Speier
05/15/2014 - 9:16am
Woe betide the team that crosses David Ortiz. The man appears to hold a grudge. 
Alex Speier
05/13/2014 - 1:34am
It has been nearly 10 years since Craig Breslow stood prepared to give up the diversion of baseball in pursuit of something higher-minded. 
Alex Speier
05/09/2014 - 7:18am
When the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli away from the Rangers following the 2012 season, there was little complexity about his profile. The man could mash.  As for the finer points of the game? Whatever. 
Alex Speier
05/07/2014 - 1:04am
As Red Sox teammates swarmed Grady Sizemore at second base following his first walk-off hit in eight seasons, the alternate reality was impossible to ignore. 
Alex Speier
05/05/2014 - 6:36am
In a different world, might Sonny Gray's trip to the mound at Fenway on Sunday have been as a member of the Red Sox as opposed to against them as a member of the A's? Such a scenario very easily could have come to pass. 
Alex Speier
05/03/2014 - 12:57am
Long ago, before the birth of the Laser Show, there were nonetheless hints that there was something . . . different about the way that the ball came off of Dustin Pedroia's bat. 
Alex Speier
05/02/2014 - 6:33am
It is hard to imagine a more dispiriting circumstance than getting swept in a doubleheader.
Alex Speier
04/29/2014 - 7:40am
He anticipates the question before it is asked. But he doesn't know the answer. 
Alex Speier
04/25/2014 - 7:02am
This is what it means to live through player development at the major league level. This is what it means to have young players at key positions who are making their transitions, rather than established veterans who represent known quantities. 
Alex Speier
04/23/2014 - 7:09am
There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion.
Alex Speier
04/22/2014 - 6:34am
There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. 
Alex Speier
04/19/2014 - 12:33am
The Red Sox offense remains mired in a profound slump. Yet that doesn't mean the team shouldn't be able to win. 
Alex Speier
04/15/2014 - 6:23am
This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. 
Alex Speier
04/14/2014 - 6:45am
The Red Sox would much rather leave the 2010 yearbook on the shelves, unopened.
Alex Speier
04/09/2014 - 6:40am
In spring training, it was an either/or. That's not necessarily the case anymore. The time may be coming when we see Shane Victorino and Grady Sizemore flanking Jackie Bradley Jr.  
Alex Speier
04/08/2014 - 7:14am
Most kids daydreamed in their backyards about hitting baseballs impossibly far. Jackie Bradley Jr. spent his formative baseball years intent on running impossibly far to catch them. 
Alex Speier
04/07/2014 - 6:16am
Unfamiliar adversity has come early.  It took all of one week for the Red Sox to find themselves in the sort of uncomfortable position that rarely characterized their 2013 title march. A year ago, the team used a strong start as a springboard to a methodical steamrolling through the season. 
Alex Speier
04/05/2014 - 5:44am
For years, the Red Sox have tried to feature a bullpen with multiple experienced closers in order to ensure nightly length and structure for their bullpen. And for years, they've struggled in that undertaking.
Alex Speier
04/02/2014 - 3:17am
BALTIMORE -- Miraculous? The term seems a bit too strong -- but only a bit. 
Alex Speier
04/01/2014 - 5:20am
BALTIMORE -- Yes, Jon Lester took the loss on Opening Day in the Red Sox' 2-1 defeat, but he looked very much like the pitcher whom the Red Sox want and need him to
Alex Speier
03/31/2014 - 9:00am
BALTIMORE -- The maturity of Xander Bogaerts, his evident comfort in the spotlight, is so compelling that it is sometimes easy to forget how quickly his baseball career is taking shape. But as he prepared for his first Opening Day in the big leagues, the 21-year-old remained mindful of his path.


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