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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
04/12/2009 - 2:23am
Facing elimination in a playoff series? That’s a must-win situation. A three-game losing streak in April? Clearly, the same dire consequences are not in play.
Alex Speier
04/10/2009 - 2:17am
As last season ended, so it began. The Red Sox and Rays, competitors in last year’s American League Championship Series, became reacquainted in a three-game series to commence the 2009 season.
Alex Speier
04/08/2009 - 11:42pm
Last year, the Red Sox and Rays exchanged volleys throughout the year but spent much of the year incapable of breaking serve. The home team swept the first four series of the year between the two teams until finally, in September, the Rays broke the spell by taking two of three at Fenway.
Alex Speier
04/08/2009 - 12:18am
Jason Varitek got off to a strong start in his quest to achieve the near-impossible.
Alex Speier
04/07/2009 - 6:48am
Surely novelty has to count for something.
Alex Speier
04/05/2009 - 11:50pm
Just a few years ago, the hallmark of the Red Sox was the merciless destruction of pitching staffs. Historically powerful offenses from 2003-05 had a winning formula that was anything but subtle. The Sox, quite simply, would decimate their opponents with the force of a sledgehammer.
Alex Speier
04/04/2009 - 10:16am
Our panel of Curt Schilling, Rob Bradford, Cyn Donnelly, Kirk Minihane, Mike Petraglia, Jon Rish and Alex Speier - with a brief cameo by Gary From Chapel Hill - peers into the crystal ball in an attempt to see the future of the Red Sox' 2009 Opening Day roster:   ROTATION  
Alex Speier
04/03/2009 - 11:56pm
The neverending spring training is finally nearing its conclusion. Remarkably, despite the fact seven full weeks elapsed from the reporting date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers to the time that the club migrated north for the regular season, few salacious storylines emerged.
Alex Speier
03/30/2009 - 7:48am
The visit by the Red Sox to central Florida to play the Braves on Monday will offer yet another reminder of a still-foreign concept.
Alex Speier
03/28/2009 - 10:59am
As he learned to play baseball, Jed Lowrie – like almost everyone else in the Northwest – found it impossible to resist the temptation to imitate Ken Griffey, Jr.
Alex Speier
03/25/2009 - 6:15am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – No one will confuse the Red Sox for a small-market team anytime soon.
Alex Speier
03/24/2009 - 2:32am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The announcement of Curt Schilling’s retirement brought into sharp relief the significance of the deal that made the pitcher a Red Sox. A compelling argument can be made that the trade that brought him to Boston from Arizona was the biggest in franchise history since the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
Alex Speier
03/23/2009 - 11:25pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brad Penny looked outstanding in his first game activity against major-league hitters since last Sept. 15. The big right-hander needed just 33 pitches to get through three innings, allowing one walk, no hits and striking out three.
Alex Speier
03/23/2009 - 5:59am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The round of cuts made by the Red Sox on Sunday included some of the most dominant performers of the spring.
Alex Speier
03/22/2009 - 6:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – First it was awe, then surprise.
Alex Speier
03/21/2009 - 5:27am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In demeanor, there is little question that Clay Buchholz has been a different pitcher this spring than he was in 2008.
Alex Speier
03/20/2009 - 5:19am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Everyone knows that Jonathan Papelbon features one of the most powerful fastballs in baseball. But there are those – foremost Papelbon – who insist that he is nearly as powerful with a bat in his hands. “I’ve got mad power, bro,” Papelbon said. “I (expletive) raked, dude. … I’m being dead serious.”
Alex Speier
03/19/2009 - 2:57am
Apparently, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia are inseparable.
Alex Speier
03/18/2009 - 4:03am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Even now, there are those who have a difficult time embracing the concept. THAT Kevin Youkilis, hitting cleanup for a Team USA lineup that includes some of the top sluggers in the majors?
Alex Speier
03/12/2009 - 1:30am
FORT MYERS, Fla.—The pair of shock-the-world wins by the Netherlands over the Dominican Republic came as a bolt from the blue to most baseball fans.
Alex Speier
03/11/2009 - 6:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Alex Speier
03/09/2009 - 6:41am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jon Lester may be going where no pitcher has gone before.
Alex Speier
03/08/2009 - 5:46am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz had just concluded a live batting practice session against Red Sox prospect Junichi Tazawa.
Alex Speier
03/04/2009 - 8:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The natural tendency would be to look at the fact that J.D. Drew was flown to Boston to receive a pain-killing injection in his lower back and conclude that trouble’s a-brewin’.


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