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December 28, 2004
On December 25, 2004, LUCIA (nee Melis), dear wife of the late Jack L. Fordyce, beloved mother of Paula S. Bosley, Roy W., Randy L. and Bill Fordyce; devoted grandmother of thirteen grand, one late grand and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Fink Funeral Home, P.A., 426 Crain Hwy, S.W. and 5th Avenue on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 A.M. at Glen Burnie Baptist Church. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery. In lieu flowers donations and contributions may be made to the Glen Burnit Baptist Church or American Lung Association of MD, 11350 Mc Cormick Road, Hunt Valley, MD (21031)
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December 28, 2004
On December 25, 2004, LUCIA (nee Melis), dear wife of the late Jack L. Fordyce, beloved mother of Paula S. Bosley, Roy W., Randy L. and Bill Fordyce; devoted grandmother of thirteen grand, one late grand and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Fink Funeral Home, P.A., 426 Crain Hwy, S.W. and 5th Avenue on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 A.M. at Glen Burnie Baptist Church. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery. In lieu flowers donations and contributions may be made to the Glen Burnit Baptist Church or American Lung Association of MD, 11350 Mc Cormick Road, Hunt Valley, MD (21031)
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March 19, 2003
On March 17, 2003, SGT. JACK L. FORDYCE, Retired, devoted husband of Lucia Fordyce; loving father of Paula S. Bosley, Roy W., Randy L. and William M. Fordyce; beloved brother of Rex M. Fordyce. Also survived by twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at FINK FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 426 Crain Highway S. (at 5th Avenue), on Thursday, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Friday, 10 A.M., at Glen Burnie Baptist Church (7525 Old Stage Road, 21061)
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2004
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays will conclude their series against the Orioles tonight by sending out a pitcher who's pretty familiar with Camden Yards. Forgive Damian Moss for not getting all misty over the reunion. Moss went 1-5 with a 6.22 ERA in 10 games after the Orioles acquired him from the San Francisco Giants in the Sidney Ponson trade last year. They didn't tender him a contract, and he signed with the Devil Rays. "I've got nothing to prove to them," he said. "They're the opposition, and I want to beat them."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Given the choice, Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce would prefer talking about the weather. Ask him about the family, his winter hobbies, his meal from the previous night. Just lay off last season. "To tell the truth, I try to forget about it," he said. Fordyce is able to laugh, a response that comes easily to one of the nicest guys in baseball. But there was nothing funny about his season, and nothing that has guaranteed him a starting job with the Orioles. Manager Mike Hargrove confirmed before yesterday's rain-shortened workout that he no longer views Fordyce as the No. 1 catcher, saying there's an open competition that includes Fernando Lunar and rookie Geronimo Gil. But given the .322 average that Fordyce produced after coming to the Orioles in a waiver-deadline trade in 2000, Hargrove expects him to rebound.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2003
DETROIT - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove isn't calling it a demotion, but he met with catcher Geronimo Gil yesterday to explain why Brook Fordyce is getting most of the playing time at catcher of late. Gil started 12 of the team's first 16 games. Fordyce has started six of the past nine games and was in the starting lineup again last night before the Orioles' game against the Detroit Tigers was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today. "We don't have a designated No. 1 catcher right now," Hargrove said.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce, who lost five pints of blood when an artery burst between his stomach and esophagus in January, got some long-awaited good news yesterday. The biopsy that was performed to determine the cause of the incident showed nothing to indicate it was the result of a serious disease. Fordyce, understandably relieved, said he has been assured that a recurrence is unlikely if he avoids aspirin products and anti-inflammatory medication and takes an acid-neutralizing medication regularly.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce made his first start last night, finally breaking into the lineup after posting the highest average among players who made the 25-man roster out of spring training. Fordyce has been designated as the backup to Geronimo Gil, who started all three games of the New York Yankees series. He went 0-for-1 with a walk last night after striking out as a pinch hitter Thursday night. "I was assuming that I'd play, but you can't really assume anything in this game," he said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2001
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Look for Orioles catcher Brook Fordyce before a game this season, and there's a good chance he'll be warming up the night's starting pitcher in the bullpen. Look for him after the last out of an inning, and you might spot him halfway to the mound, offering advice to his battery mate, reminding him of a hitter's tendencies or correcting a flaw in mechanics or attitude. If there's such a thing as a player's manager, then Fordyce is a pitcher's catcher. They rave about the rapport he develops with them, the target he sets, the trust he instills.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2003
A bundle of colorful balloons was delivered to catcher Brook Fordyce's locker yesterday morning at Camden Yards, a thoughtful gesture on his 33rd birthday that couldn't penetrate his grief. The joy that should have been derived on such an occasion never reached him. The Orioles' catcher tied one balloon to his chair and carried the rest out of the clubhouse, trying with each step to clear his head of the tragedy that would make this game the most challenging of his professional career.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2003
The Orioles parted ways with starting pitcher Pat Hentgen yesterday, at least temporarily, when they declined his $4 million option for next season after the two sides couldn't reach an agreement on a multi-year deal. Hentgen told the Orioles he wanted to wait until they hire a new manager before making a long-term commitment. Facing a Saturday deadline to make the decision, the Orioles will exercise Hentgen's $300,000 buyout and let him test the free-agent market. But they still hope they can bring him back.
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August 31, 2003
The numbers 2-10 Orioles' record without Jeff Conine in the lineup this year. 5 Times in 21 starts Rodrigo Lopez has allowed six runs or more. 10 Runs scored by the Orioles in their six games, all losses, at Oakland. 11 Number of Brook Fordyce's 19 extra-base hits that have come in August. .147 Tony Batista's batting average since Aug. 10.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2003
NEW YORK - Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium for the first time in his career yesterday, playing mind games with one of the best lineups in baseball. Brook Fordyce, his trusted catcher, would flash a sign, and Lopez would shake it off. Fordyce would flash a second sign, and a third, and Lopez would keep shaking until they finally came back to the first idea all over again. Lopez was that confident. His stuff was that good. On a day when he seemed to find himself again, Lopez purposely made it look as if he were lost.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2003
For the past nine days, the Orioles and Minnesota Twins have looked like two teams waging a protest against the conventional rules of organized baseball. Three outs a side each inning? Says who? Each game seems to produce a sequence that borders on the ridiculous. Last night was no exception. The Orioles played the eighth inning as if they were only given two outs. The Twins tried to give them four. In the end, Minnesota managed to escape with a 7-3 victory before 24,392 at Camden Yards.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 1, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS - Their minds cleared yesterday of all the trade rumors and the uncertainty over where they might be playing next, the Orioles could more easily focus on cluttering the Metrodome bases. Finally, baseball had replaced bartering. If only they could deal last night's game for an outcome to be named later. Shortstop Deivi Cruz drove in a career-high five runs, but that was before the Twins scored twice in the ninth and Jacque Jones singled off Travis Driskill with the bases loaded in the 10th to give the Minnesota Twins a 10-9 victory over the Orioles.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2003
TORONTO - If Jason Johnson's career with the Orioles is winding down, he'll want to fast-forward past one play last night that might have cost him a win. Center fielder Luis Matos would be wise to burn the entire tape. A throwing error by Matos allowed pinch runner Reed Johnson to score the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a questionable decision and strange hop to defeat the Orioles, 5-3, before 17,095 at SkyDome. Jason Johnson is 1-8 lifetime against the Blue Jays, his only win coming July 3 at Camden Yards.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2002
To a baseball cynic, the bottom third of the Orioles' batting order would have qualified as a Murderers' Row yesterday only because of the rallies it has killed. Shortstop Mike Bordick, again hitting seventh, carried a .153 average into the series finale against Kansas City. Catcher Brook Fordyce still was 12 points away from reaching .100. And second baseman Jerry Hairston was stuck at .200, making him the envy of the two batters ahead of him. As the Orioles completed their sweep of the Royals, creating their first winning record since their Opening Day win, they could find more satisfaction in the clutch sixth-inning single from Bordick, the latest two-hit game from Fordyce and the loud outs from Hairston that indicated he, too, appears ready to bust loose.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2001
Josh Towers found an adjustment. Willis Roberts found a new role. Brook Fordyce found a friend. The combination provided the Orioles with a well-pitched 4-2 victory yesterday over the Boston Red Sox before 48,748, the third-largest regular-season crowd at Camden Yards. Reunited with Fordyce, his catcher of choice, Towers (7-7) reversed a monthlong string of troubled starts before Roberts closed out the ninth inning against a string of maulers. In between, the Orioles drove Red Sox starting pitcher David Cone and his defense to distraction with enough aggression to overcome bases-empty home runs by Trot Nixon and Manny Ramirez.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2003
After making seven consecutive starts that raised his total to 56, catcher Brook Fordyce was rested on the Orioles' second day game of the week. One more start, and he'll exceed last year's total. Fordyce has started 13 of 17 games this month, with three of the assignments going to Geronimo Gil, who was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa on Sunday. Robert Machado started yesterday after replacing Gil on the roster. So does this make Fordyce the undisputed regular behind the plate? "I don't necessarily agree with that," Fordyce said.
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