Bay Area Buzz 11/18: Pablo Sandoval, Kings Protest, Troy Grosenick

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Pablo Sandoval

Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is meeting with the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

The Red Sox are likely to want any potential deal to include bonuses for Sandoval to keep his weight in order, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

No team is allowed to penalize or take away a players money weight issues, according to MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. So the Red Sox, or any team that has concerns over Sandoval’s weight, would have to give incentives for keeping his weight in order.

Earlier on Monday, Sandoval was greeted at a Boston-area airport by a local report and said he “love being here, and the situation.”

CSN Staff, CSN Bay Area

Kings Protest

The Sacramento Kings filed a protest to the NBA regarding the ending of their 111-110 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, the NBA announced.

With the Kings leading 110-109 and 0.3 seconds remaining, Grizzlies forward Vince Carter threw the ball inbounds as Grizzlies center Marc Gasol screened two Sacramento players, leaving Courtney Lee wide-open for a reverse lay-up and the victory. The Kings lost after blowing a 26-point lead in the game.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro told Comcast SportsNet California and that he “feels strongly” about the protest.

The team is protesting that Lee’s game-winning shot should not have counted because it was made after the buzzer. It also appears that that Kings center Ryan Hollins, who was guarding Carter on the inbounds play, may have tipped the ball, which should have started the clock.

Under NBA protest rules, Memphis and Sacramento have to submit evidence that supports their positions on the play in question. The league will rule on the protest by Dec. 2.

SI Wire, Sports Illustrated

Troy Grosenick

Troy Grosenick’s mother and brother were there, as well as his fiancee and an uncle who made the drive south from the Washington, D.C., area. But the television camera was focused on his father as he wiped away tears after his son made history in his NHL debut.

“I was just happy for him, knowing the process he’s gone through ever since he was first on the ice,” Scott Grosenick said Monday from the family home in Milwaukee. “I tend to show my emotions. It just happens.”

Grosenick made 45 saves Sunday to almost single-handedly lead the Sharks to a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina. That set an NHL record for most stops in a shutout debut in the modern era, breaking the previous record of 41 set Dec. 23, 1967, by Andre Gill of the Boston Bruins.

He sat his first two games with San Jose before coach Todd McLellan inserted him into the lineup to give the Sharks a shot in the arm after they went 2-3 in the first five games on the trip.

“We thought he could be a rallying point, there’s no doubt about it,” McLellan said. “Then as the night went on … as it went deeper and deeper, the players believed they could get the job done because he was playing so well.”

Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News