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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
09/28/2013 - 9:03am
BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz had an air of dissatisfaction after his fourth and final start since returning from the disabled list. 
Alex Speier
09/26/2013 - 8:03am
He's back. It's back.
Alex Speier
09/23/2013 - 3:39pm
"The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" So, The Bridge. 
Alex Speier
09/21/2013 - 8:14am
They didn't think it was impossible, but certainly, they didn't expect this.  Better? Yes. A contender? Possibly. The postseason? Couldn't be ruled out.  Still. 
Alex Speier
09/20/2013 - 7:57am
"The remake of John Lackey both physically and getting back on the mound and performing as he’s done all year, mirrors that of this team.
Alex Speier
09/16/2013 - 7:39am
  It became easy to forget during what seemed like an interminable three months on the disabled list: There may be no one in baseball capable of doing what Clay Buchholz is doing. 
Alex Speier
09/14/2013 - 7:53am
Friday marked a take-a-bow occasion for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox catcher who, at 28, appears to be coming into his own.
Alex Speier
09/13/2013 - 10:04am
Thursday represented a landmark in the season of Mike Napoli even before he stepped on the field. 
Alex Speier
09/10/2013 - 8:02am
At a time when the Red Sox are starting to align their team with October in mind, and when Baseball Prospectus gives the team a 100 percent likelihood of reaching the postseason, it's fair to start asking who is likely to be on the roster when
Alex Speier
09/09/2013 - 4:21am
  NEW YORK -- It's bigger-picture time. 
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
08/31/2013 - 8:09am
Jake Peavy spent parts of five years as a member of the White Sox, and acknowledges that the experience of pitching against Chicago -- which sent him to the Red Sox<
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.
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. 


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Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve to talk about the next round of cuts, 8-25-14

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.

It Is What It Is Cast: Jimmy Garoppolo to start preseason finale

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.

Julian Edelman: Brady is always competitive. 8-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network on the Castillo signing 8-22-14

Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

Daniel Nava with Dave O'Brien and Lou Merloni after the win against the Astros

The Sox outfielder joined Dave and Lou after the comeback win, in which he had three hits and knocked in the tying run.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

Chris Nowinski on the future of Wes Welker

Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Robin Williams joke 8-27-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Three For All: Lou hunts bats, 8-27-14

Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

4 at 4: AFC East Preview …

4 at 4: AFC East Preview 8-26-14

Dale, Field Yates, and Andy Hart give a brief preview of the AFC East.

Taylor Twellman, on Wes Welker and concussions. 8-26-14

Taylor Twellman, who had to end his career early due to concussions, discusses Wes Welker's most recent concussion.

The Patriots trade Logan Mankins 8-26-14

Dale, Andy Hart, and Field Yates react to the Logan Mankins trade.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Bradfo Show: Who will be the next Hall of Famers?

Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.

Fantasy Football Podcast: High Value Targets

Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. This Podcast focuses on the High Value Targets you can get in your drafts if you draft smartly. These players can slip to you and make a great impact on your roster as the season moves on. The draft is won in the middle to late rounds when the best upside players are taken. Jim and Pete give you in depth analysis on the High Value Targets to seek along with the Rookies that can make an impact this year. Jim and Pete will be back this Sunday morning too, on-air at WEEI FM 93.7 with even more. Prepare and enjoy!

Jenny Dell lashes out at …

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

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How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Tom Brady reacts to the Patriots' third preseason game 8-25-14

Brady joins Dennis and Callahan heading into week four of the preseason. He explains how he exercises his brain to maintain and build brain fitness.

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Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

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