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Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman threw a bullpen session before Thursday's game, meaning he is scheduled to start Sunday's regular-season finale at Yankee Stadium.

Several factors, including weather, could change that scenario, but Gausman is prepared to start Sunday.

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"He is a candidate for Sunday," manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll see how things progress. He's preparing for that."

If Gausman starts Sunday as expected, it would give him 30 starts this season, which was one of his statistical goals at the beginning of the year.

Gausman has had great success against the Yankees. In two starts at Yankee Stadium this season, he's 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA, 15 strikeouts and one walk over 13 2/3 innings. In 34 1/3 career innings at Yankee Stadium, Gausman owns a 2.36 ERA.

As expected, left-hander Wade Miley, who is away from the club for the birth of his first child, had a work day on his own Thursday in Louisiana and is scheduled to start Saturday in New York.

Bundy still a starting option: Right-hander Dylan Bundy isn't scheduled to make another start in the Orioles' remaining regular-season games, but Showalter didn't rule him out from starting in the postseason.

"We have a number that if he pitches every fifth day in the playoffs, that would be the number," Showalter said when asked about any innings limit the club would have on Bundy. "We play always to the end of the year. There's nothing that would preclude him from starting again."

Bundy, who is 10-6 with a 4.02 ERA, opened the season in the bullpen before joining the rotation after the All-Star break. After Bundy pitched just 63 1/3 innings in his first three years after elbow reconstruction surgery in 2013, the Orioles were methodical with his usage in the first half before adding him to the starting staff.

"I haven't committed to that yet," Showalter said about giving Bundy another start. "But you can potentially see him in the bullpen at some point if we needed it. We're kind of going day to day with it. He told me today that he's got 109 2/3 innings, so he knows."

Kim a weapon off the bench: With his pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday, Hyun Soo Kim is now 6-for-9 with two walks as a pinch hitter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fourth active player to begin his career with six hits in his first nine pinch-hit at-bats. The others are the Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell, the Houston Astros' Evan Gattis and the San Francisco Giants' Denard Span.

"I think he's a pretty mechanically sound guy," Showalter said. "He doesn't get out of whack too much. Really, he's had such good work habits. You don't lose being selective easily. He does a lot of work to be prepared for that. You see certain guys about the fifth or sixth inning start to do some things in the cage or whatever. But he has great work habits and has a good concentration. He's always ready."

Around the horn: The Orioles already exceeded their projected win total according to online sportsbook Bovada.com, which gave them an over/under win total of 79½. They entered Thursday with 86 wins. … The Orioles went into Thursday's game with a 37-35 record against the AL East.

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