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SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Gabe Kapler didn’t announce his lineup on the eve of the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, but he took most of the guesswork out of it.

“There’s not going to be anything that surprises anybody,” Kapler said before the Giants’ brief workout at Oracle Park on Wednesday evening.

Standing in the way, at least to start, of the Giants and a trip to the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves is Dodgers tough left-hander Julio Urias, who was the winning pitcher in Los Angeles’ 9-2 win in Game 2 over the weekend.

The Giants have been an active and effective platoon team all season, and they aren’t going to alter their approach now. So that means the lineup Kapler deploys to start Thursday likely will include just one left-handed hitter — Brandon Crawford — for the deciding game of the series.

“I think you can expect the guys that we normally have in there against quality left-handed starters in our lineup tomorrow,” Kapler said. “I mean, there’s some ordering stuff and some positioning stuff that we always have to work through, but I don’t anticipate any big surprises there.”

That indicates a return to the starting lineup of Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater and Donovan Solano against Urias, the only 20-game winner in the majors this season. Barring a change of heart by Kapler, they’d join Darin Ruf, Kris Bryant, Buster Posey,  Evan Longoria, Crawford and Game 5 starting pitcher, Logan Webb, in the lineup.

Other than Webb, that’s the same group that managed three hits and one run, and struck out five times against Urias on Saturday night at Oracle Park. There was speculation that the Giants might opt for left-handed hitting Steven Duggar instead of Slater to provide a better defensive outfield alignment.

The 25-year-old Urias is no stranger to the Giants. He went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts against San Francisco during the regular season. In 20 career appearances against the Giants he has a 2.61 ERA and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning.

The Giants beat the Dodgers in back-to-back Urias starts in late July, but those were comeback wins against the LA bullpen. The Giants did get to Urias in an 11-6 loss on May 29 at Dodger Stadium, scoring seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five innings. Solano homered off Urias and Flores had three of the Giants’ 11 hits.

The Giants offense has scuffled against the Dodgers, scoring just nine runs in the first four of the games.

It’s been a particularly rough series for Flores (0-for-8), Ruf (0-for-7), Longoria (2-for-14) and Solano, who is hitless in five at-bats. Related Articles

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Kapler says the lack of results is a little misleading.

“I can picture all of our right-handed hitters in my mind and I feel like some of the ones who have struggled more recently have actually started to come around a little bit, and there have been guys who have been pretty consistently good over the course of the season,” Kapler said. “The capability is all there.  The at-bat quality has been there.  Sometimes it doesn’t show up in the box score.  It’s just the way baseball is.

“Even like if everything goes close to right it doesn’t necessarily show up in the box score.  We want it to in Game 5 and we’re going to do everything in our power to have that come to fruition.”

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Police Ask Maricopa County to File Charges in Sinema Bathroom Video Incident

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked the Maricopa County Attorney to bring charges against four people for harassing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on camera as she went into a women’s restroom on the college campus.

The Arizona Republic reported Thursday morning that the police are seeking charges against the far-left LUCHA activists for disorderly conduct and disruption of an educational institution, which are misdemeanors. Department spokesperson Adam Wolfe did not name any charges related to laws forbidding recording someone in the bathroom.

Wolfe told the Arizona Mirror that he won’t name any of the suspects, either. “I don’t want to overstep on the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and release names, because it’s still being processed and if they choose to prosecute I don’t want to interfere with that,” he told the Mirror.

On Fox News on Thursday, anchor Dana Perino said “I hope they do get prosecuted, and that they actually, finally, maybe send a signal to other groups that, yes you can engage with your public service members, but not harass them. Especially in a bathroom.”

“Especially since one was a man,” added Trace Gallagher.

“Absolutely,” agreed Perino. “Good point.”

We would quote CNN on the subject as well but could not find any reporting on this development, or on the incident itself since the beginning of the month.

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