Adding a wild card is ‘going to help us,’ but caution abounds for Nationals

“We were all a little surprised,” starter Edwin Jackson said. “The game is full of surprises. It definitely puts a different stroke on things.

“It’s a chance for another team to have a chance.”

NOTES: Bryce Harper will start in right field and hit third in Friday’s 1:05 p.m. exhibition game against Georgetown. … Matt Purke will start and throw about 40 pitches. … Adam LaRoche (ankle/shoulder) didn’t participate in workouts for the second straight day Thursday. … Johnson reported that DeRosa (wrist) and Chad Tracy (knee) had no problems Thursday.

c Amanda Comak contributed to this report.

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