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Boston-05/24/2017- Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. John Tlumacki/ The BostonGlobe (sports) FOR ALEX SPEIER STORY

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Chris Sale and the art of deception

In this episode, Sale discusses the origins of his delivery, how he employs his pitches in order to maximize their effect, and more.

Boston Red Sox players sit on the field during a discussion at a spring training baseball workout in Fort Myers, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


That’s a wrap: Red Sox spring training takeaways with Peter Abraham

Alex Speier and Abraham take stock of the bigger picture of an unusual Red Sox spring training.

Boston, Ma-Fenway Park 2014--The interior of the manually operated Green Monster scoreboard.


A conversation with Mike Petriello about the changing language of baseball

Mike Petriello of discusses the impact that Statcast has had on baseball.

07/05/16: Boston, MA: Six Red Sox players were named to the American League All Star game, and three of them are pictured as they take the field for the game. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (at left coming up dugput steps, Mookie Betts (center) and Xander Bogaerts (2) at far right. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers in regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic: Red Sox-Rangers


Why did the scouting industry miss on Mike Trout and Mookie Betts?

Red Sox special assignment scout Eddie Bane and Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard join the podcast to help shed light on the question.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 06: Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians during game one of the American League Divison Series at Progressive Field on October 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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A discussion about the state of the Red Sox farm system

Baseball America’s John Manuel joins Alex Speier for an in-depth look at the Red Sox’ top prospects.

Cleveland Indians fans look forward to the American league playoffs before a baseball game in Cleveland, Saturday Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

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Here’s why a Cleveland reporter has already written off Indians

The Globe’s Alex Speier and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer discuss the Red Sox-Indians series.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Robby Scott throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/


The Longer Road: Robby Scott’s path to the big leagues

The lefty’s trajectory to the big leagues that was anything but a straight line.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Rich Hill delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Miami. The Dodgers defeated the Marlins 5-0. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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How do teams manage risk/reward with pitchers?

Red Sox trainer Mike Reinold joins Alex Speier to discuss how major league teams balance risk/reward with pitchers.

Aug 25, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits a sacrifice RBI during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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The making of Mookie Betts

Alex Speier is joined by Chad Finn and Terry Shumpert, Mookie Betts’ uncle, to discuss the Red Sox outfielder’s rise to stardom.

Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, right, hands the ball to manager John Farrell during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Boston, Monday, July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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What is John Farrell’s strategy for managing bullpen?

Alex Speier discussed the use of relief pitchers with Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Members of the Boston Red Sox take part in a spring training baseball practice in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Red Sox pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout on Friday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Making sense of MLB’s sanctions against the Red Sox with Ben Badler

Ben Badler of Baseball America joins Alex Speier to discuss the penalties for international signing violations.

William & Mary infielder Kyle Wrighte (8) scores a run past Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss (21) during an NCAA regional baseball game in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, June 5, 2016. William & Mary ended Virginia's season with a 5-4 victory. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP)

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Who is in play for Red Sox in draft tonight?

Draft expert Jim Callis provides insight on Thursday’s first round, and we revisit the drafting of Ken Griffey Jr.

May 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) hits a three run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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Why are hitting streaks so fascinating?

Red Sox manager John Farrell, Rockies player Nolan Arenado, and others join Alex Speier for an in-depth discussion.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jean Segura (2) argues a strikeout with home plate umpire Rob Drake, left, as Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski stands between them during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Is there a better way to call balls and strikes?

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy joined Alex Speier on our latest baseball podcast.

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) celebrates with relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) at the end of the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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How much impact can catchers have on a game?

Red Sox manager John Farrell and Nick Cafardo of the Globe join Alex Speier to discuss the value of catchers.

Fans cheer and clap at the conclusion of the singing of the national anthem before the home opener baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, Monday, April 11, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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What to make of the Red Sox so far?

In Episode 2 of our new Red Sox podcast, Alex Speier discusses the opening acts of the season with Dave Dombrowski and Tim Britton.

02/20/16: Fort Myers, FL: KING OF THE HILL......New Red Sox ace pitcher David Price is alone on a mound during a fielding drill. Today was the second official day of Spring Training for Red Sox pitchers and catchers at Jet Blue South.(Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:spring training


A conversation on the mound with Price, Bannister, Abraham, and Speier

The importance of pitching in baseball is the topic in the first edition of a new podcast.