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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
09/07/2013 - 10:20pm
NEW YORK -- On Friday afternoon, Xander Bogaerts sat in the dugout of Yankee Stadium, taking stock of his position. 
Alex Speier
09/06/2013 - 8:28am
NEW YORK -- The man who owns the title of "Best Closer of All-Time" faltered. The man who now has a claim to "Best Closer on the Planet" did not.
Alex Speier
09/04/2013 - 2:13am
There was a time in the 2013 season when it seemed as if Will Middlebrooks might be squeezed out of relevance. The 24-year-old struggled in the big leagues, both with his health and approach. 
Alex Speier
09/03/2013 - 8:02am
  Max Scherzer this was not. 
Alex Speier
08/29/2013 - 10:16am
 
Alex Speier
08/28/2013 - 8:01am
The three-year, $39 million deal that the Sox gave to Shane Victorino in December was subject to considerable scrutiny. No other club was willing to come close to the $13 million a year that the Sox gave the 32-year-old. As such, the contract was viewed widely as the biggest free agent overpay of the offseason.
Alex Speier
08/26/2013 - 1:47am
FISHKILL, N.Y. -- The rehab outing itself wasn't exactly what Clay Buchholz envisioned. But in another, more important sense, the performance represented exactly what not just the pitcher but also renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews hoped might transpire. 
Alex Speier
08/23/2013 - 7:17am
It is difficult to exaggerate the franchise-altering significance of the Red Sox-Dodgers trade that took place one year ago Sunday. For the Red Sox, the deal represented a crumpling of one blueprint, an opportunity for general manager Ben Cherington -- then in his first year -- to reshape an ambitious but fundamentally flawed design with a very different one in which the various components proved a more natural fit. 
Alex Speier
08/18/2013 - 8:33am
A year ago at this time, the Red Sox looked like a team whose brake lines had been cut with several collisions behind them and several more, even larger ones, looming ahead. 
Alex Speier
08/17/2013 - 8:32am
  Gut-check time. 
Alex Speier
08/16/2013 - 10:57am
David Price and Matt Moore were one thing. One is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, the other an All-Star this year.
Alex Speier
08/12/2013 - 9:50am
By now you may or may not have seen Xander Bogaerts. But you've heard about him, and you likely have a set of expectations about what he can do. 
Alex Speier
08/08/2013 - 10:45am
In this universe, the fact that Jon Lester is taking the mound for the Red Sox in Kansas City on Thursday represents something of a rarity. The left-hander has made just three prior starts at Kauffman Stadium, pitching well (3.38 ERA) but wearing a 1-2 record from his efforts.
Alex Speier
08/05/2013 - 10:44am
Just a week ago, it would have been hard to envision the Red Sox rotation looking as strong as any in the American League.
Alex Speier
08/01/2013 - 7:58am
  So, about that bullpen ... This is the way it works. The days immediately before and after the trade deadline, teams are viewed through the prism of what they did and did not do in the hours leading up to July 31. 
Alex Speier
07/29/2013 - 7:52am
  BALTIMORE -- Deadline fever infects players, too. 
Alex Speier
07/28/2013 - 7:54am
BALTIMORE -- This is why Stephen Drew isn't going to be benched anytime soon.  Shortstop is, of course, a defense-first position where offensive expectations are measured. The standard for a productive player is very different at that spot on the diamond than at virtually any other spot (save for catcher). 
Alex Speier
07/24/2013 - 7:45am
Now, finally, after nine years as teammates, there are two paths divergent.


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Three For All: Tim calls an Arena League NOT Top-10 play, 8-1-14

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