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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
06/11/2009 - 4:41am
Suddenly, air seemed in short supply.
Alex Speier
06/10/2009 - 6:38am
Though the offices of the Red Sox’ baseball operations department were entirely full as the clock ticked towards midnight, the mood was a boisterous one. It seemed that everywhere that the Sox turned, signs of promise abounded.
Alex Speier
06/09/2009 - 7:55am
Tuesday and Wednesday are arguably the most significant days of the baseball calendar for the Red Sox, and it has nothing to do with the presence of the Yankees. Today is all about the Major League Baseball Rule 4 draft, when the Sox will begin selecting the next 50 players who they hope will help to improve the team’s long-term fortunes.
Alex Speier
06/08/2009 - 4:22am
Is David Ortiz really 33? The struggles of the Red Sox' designated hitter have been so pronounced that it has not been merely the slugger’s abilities that have been doubted, but instead his very identity.
Alex Speier
06/07/2009 - 5:55am
This was not the same Jon Lester who threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals last May. This was someone better. 
Alex Speier
06/06/2009 - 5:57am
Had the Red Sox known what kind of game Brad Penny would have pitched, Julio Lugo would not have been the starting shortstop on Friday.
Alex Speier
06/05/2009 - 10:33am
The footsteps are growing louder.
Alex Speier
06/05/2009 - 6:28am
At the end of last week, it had the makings of a flop. The Red Sox had lost four of their first six contests during their three-city, 10-game road-trip, in the process moving from a first-place tie to a 1.5 game deficit in the division.
Alex Speier
05/24/2009 - 11:05am
Brad Penny knows what time of year it is. The Red Sox’ fifth starter has been traded twice before, and his name has been a regular part of the rumor-mill circuit for years.
Alex Speier
05/24/2009 - 1:44am
It was a ninth-inning that featured all manner of crazy. The Red Sox navigated a 2-1 lead into the final frame, a development that suggested near-certain victory. The team was 19-0 when leading after six innings this year, and 20-0 when leading after eight.
Alex Speier
05/23/2009 - 2:50am
Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first two outings of the year were so poor that his catcher – a man who is described as having near-photographic recall of pitches – couldn’t even remember them.
Alex Speier
05/21/2009 - 1:53am
Nothing seemed particularly striking about the blast. Last Sept.
Alex Speier
05/20/2009 - 2:08am
In one respect, Tuesday’s game between the Red Sox and Blue Jays was treated merely as the backdrop against which David Ortiz returned to the lineup.
Alex Speier
05/17/2009 - 1:41am
The stage was set for a familiar refrain.
Alex Speier
05/16/2009 - 3:10am
There is a danger to allowing one-run games to play too substantial a role in coloring the judgment of a team. When the Red Sox were amidst an 11-game winning streak just a few weeks ago – a run that included improbable come-from-behind, one-run wins – the team’s lineup depth was heralded.
Alex Speier
05/10/2009 - 3:05am
Evan Longoria is 23 years old, less than three years removed from college. He has played 152 games in the majors.
Alex Speier
05/09/2009 - 3:11am
Copy, paste. For the second time in as many nights, the Red Sox entered the sixth inning having done next to nothing offensively. And then: boom.
Alex Speier
05/08/2009 - 2:41am
There was no warning.
Alex Speier
05/06/2009 - 4:40am
The Red Sox have taken all five of their games against the Yankees this year, but it would be a mistake to assume that a sizable gap exists between the two clubs.
Alex Speier
05/05/2009 - 4:46am
NEW YORK—At Fenway Park on April 24, in the first game between the Red Sox and Yankees this year, the Sox took a 5-4, 11-inning victory that they had no business claiming.
Alex Speier
05/04/2009 - 9:07am
It is almost hard to believe that former Red Sox icon Johnny Damon is in the fourth and final year of his $52 million deal with the Yankees.
Alex Speier
05/03/2009 - 4:29am
Run support is a strange thing.
Alex Speier
05/01/2009 - 2:26am
For the second straight night, Jonathan Van Every was called upon to provide the Red Sox with late-inning heroics.
Alex Speier
04/29/2009 - 3:13am
It was fun while it lasted for the Red Sox. The 11-game run came to a sudden and unexpected halt on Tuesday. Once the Sox put the wood to the Indians to jump out to a 5-1 lead in the second and a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the third, a 12th straight ‘W’ seemed inevitable.
Alex Speier
04/27/2009 - 4:07am
Ultimately, it was a series of three games that embodied why meetings between the Red Sox and Yankees have long been considered must-see events. The weekend was rich with moments that had never been seen before and may never be seen again by most who bore witness to them.


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