Nashua Pride to Boyd: No Can do

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd won’t be playing with the Nashua Pride after all.

The team has voided an agreement with Boyd to play this season, less than a week after announcing a tentative deal. The deal was contingent on a favorable resolution to Boyd’s legal problems in Oxford, Miss., where he has been indicted on federal charges he threatened his former girlfriend and her son by telephone.

Pride manager Butch Hobson said the Pride changed its mind after he reviewed the details of the case and talked to Boyd by telephone earlier this week.

Boyd’s adviser, Lenny Lopes, maintained the indictment wasn’t the deciding factor.

“Dennis has a lot going on in his personal and professional life. I’m not drawing any conclusions,” said Lopes, the chief of staff to the Rhode Island attorney general. “There was a change of heart. No hard feelings on Dennis’ part.”

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