Tim Lincecum celebrated his second career no-hitter in a personalized USMNT jersey

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And what appears to be a knight’s helmet. Via Ahmed Fareed of CSN Bay Area

The U.S. soccer team will face Germany on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET in their final match of World Cup group play. A win or tie gets them through to the Round of 16. “Big Time Timmy Jim” wants it bad.

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Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.