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Orioles notes: Hays playing consistently, and Showalter says time will come for other rookies, too

As he handed rookie right fielder Austin Hays another start Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed patience amid a clamor for longer looks down the stretch at the likes of catcher Chance Sisco, outfielder Anthony Santander and left-hander Tanner Scott.

"We don't have that many here," Showalter said. "We've got Hays, who's playing — played yesterday, he's playing a good deal. Santander is kind of — we know what's going on there. Maybe Anthony, but I think you might lean more towards that if circumstances change. ... Basically, you're talking about Chance, I guess? There's really nobody else.

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"So, that will kind of reveal itself to us as we go forward, what we can do and what we can't do. We're going to try to win every ballgame and see what happens. You're always trying to blend the two together. I know in our mode, and most every other team, we're trying to develop players and win at the same time. That's the challenge."

This year's top draft picks — left-hander , shortstop and left-hander — are scheduled to participate. A full roster and schedule is available at Orioles.com/Sarasota.

As with Trey Mancini last September, the spark Hays has added in recent days is noticeable. He entered Tuesday with six hits in 19 at-bats, with a home run and five RBIs, while Sisco has a pair of hits, including a home run in limited action.

Santander has been up for over a month as the team's Rule 5 draft pick, but has just two hits to show for it, while Scott, who was added to the bullpen from Double-A Bowie, hasn't pitched since he was called up Sunday.

Hays' start Tuesday was his fifth straight, as he's spelled center fielder Adam Jones and taken over against left-handed starters in right field from Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry.

Bundy not finished yet

A day after right-hander Dylan Bundy blew up in the fifth inning and set off another round of questions about his fatigue level as he reached a career-high 169 2/3 innings, Showalter stood by the idea that Monday wouldn't be Bundy's last start of the season.

"Obviously [I thought about it], because I was awake some today," he said. "That's what happens when I'm awake. ... Nothing has changed to report publicly. There's three or four others you could ask that same question about. I hope we continue to have to make those decisions."

Bundy's extra rest throughout the second half of the season has been a constant subject as the Orioles try to coax their highly regarded young pitcher through his first full season as a starter. When he pitches well, Showalter often cites the extra rest he gets as a reason both his arsenal and his command of it were sharp.

Fatigue is rarely cited on nights like Monday, when he started strong but ended up allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 4.24.

Showalter did, however, lump him in with the rest of the team in being a bit depleted because of the long season. This experience, just like his backslide last September, could be used as a learning experiment about the rigors of a full season, Showalter said.

"Of course he's fatigued," Showalter said. "Everybody is. ... I think he took some of that in from last year, pitching. It was important he got through September last year, which he did. He's got over a 4.00 ERA. He knows there's room for improvement."

Miley's routine unchanged

Left-hander Wade Miley didn't need to alter his between-start routine much after exiting his outing Thursday night having allowed hits to six of the first seven batters he faced.

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Showalter mentioned in New York that Miley might work out of the bullpen or get an extra workday, but that never came to be.

"Normally we would have, but this time of season with the ups and the work he has logged, not a whole lot different," the manager said. "I think he maybe had a little more effort and strenuous approach to it, but nothing out of the ordinary, especially this time of year."

Instructional League schedule announced

The Orioles will begin their Fall Instructional League schedule Sept. 23, with their first home game Sept. 25 against the Atlanta Braves.

The pool of possible opponents for the league, which allows young players the chance for extended training after the minor league season ends, was cut back by damage to some facilities in Florida by Hurricane Irma this month.

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