Ricky Romero slugged through his latest outing on Friday

LAKELAND, Florida – Ricky Romero slugged through his latest outing on Friday, leaving behind a familiar scorecard, having stared down the meat grinder that is the Detroit Tigers lineup. Jonathan Newsome Jersey . Afterward, he then professed a new, more positive approach. “(It) got better,” said Romero of his outing. “Im going to take the positives out of this. Im not going to sit here and talk about the stuff that went wrong. I think its time that I start looking at the positives. I made some good pitches in some big situations. Romeros line in the Blue Jays 4-2 loss to Detroit: Three innings, three earned runs, five hits, two walks, four strikeouts. There were no fewer questions about what 2013 will bring for the one-time ace; there also were no additional answers. There was a “stay with me” plea from Romero to skeptical fans and onlookers. “Im confident that Im going to be back to the guy that everyone is used to seeing,” said Romero. “Im very confident and (there are) a lot of things that are positive about today and thats just what Ill stick to.” The games first four batters seemed a microcosm of Romeros year-old issues: Walk, strikeout, walk, strikeout. A down, followed by an up, followed by a down and you get the picture. He struggled with his power sinker, put himself in a tough position but wiggled out of the first inning with only one run against, which felt like an escape. “He was taking too much time, that first inning,” said manager John Gibbons. “We always talk about Buehrle, how he gets in and throws it. Youve got to develop a rhythm. I thought he was better the next couple of innings but no question, he struggled in that first.” “Sometimes feeling too good can get me in a little bit of trouble,” said Romero. “I start jumping out there and jumping toward the hitter instead of staying back and staying in my delivery. Its a work in progress, Im not hitting the panic button (although) Im sure a lot of people are but stay with me.” Romero was efficient in the second, sandwiching a Jhonny Peralta solo home run inside three batters retired. The first two hitters reached in the third, the first scoring on an error by shortstop Lance Zawadzki, before Romero induced a double play groundball from Victor Martinez to end the inning. Romero didnt throw his scheduled fourth inning because hed hit his limit of 60 pitches. Complicating broader matters is the sterling spring performance of J.A. Happ, whos looked efficient while posting a 1.93 ERA in four starts. Happ is angry about the likelihood hell be starting the season at Triple-A Buffalo, proclaiming “Im a major league starting pitcher” whenever asked about his situation. Still, the fifth starters spot is Romeros to lose and he wont lose it this spring. Romero has at least April, likely longer, to return to form. He is working with earned currency, most notably each of his first three big league seasons in which he won at least 13 games. Remember, too, Romeros best season came right before his worst – he won a career-high 15 games and sported a 2.92 ERA in 2011. “Everythings going to get so looked at and dissected from, I dont know, whatever it is that you guys find,” said Romero. “But Im not worried about that. If I have an outing where I give up a lot of runs, so be it. It doesnt count yet and Ill be ready when the bell rings.” Romero has spoken to fellow left-handers, and veterans, Mark Buehrle and Darren Oliver. Buehrle, who says walking hitters “bugs the crap” out of him, has challenged Romero to cut down the bases on balls. Oliver, entering his 20th season and whose major league debut came when Romero was eight years old, has encouraged Romero to move past bad innings and poor outings more quickly. Discussing his struggles with teammates and with coaches Pete Walker and Pat Hentgen is a new practice. “Ive been a little bit more open,” said Romero. “More talking about it and just through their experiences and through what Im experiencing and they say its just (having) confidence.” Gibbons is still getting to know Romero, understanding what makes him tick. Hes hard enough on himself; its more likely Romero needs a pat on the back than he does the proverbial kick in the rear. “Anytime anybody is out there on the field and going through struggles, you feel for him because most of us have been through them before,” said Gibbons. “Theyre all different, they all need different things, some of them need a kick, some of them need a pat on the back and some of them you just need to get away from them. Thats our job to figure out who it is and what it takes for that guy.” Time will tell if Romeros overt positivity translates to the return to pre-2012 form. His knees hurt, thank tendinitis for the pain, his elbow is surgically repaired and his mindset is, at best, to be determined. “Some guys never get over that,” said Gibbons of the mental grind of baseball. “Thats why you see a lot of good ones come and go. Basically, what it comes down to is youve got to believe in yourself, trust what youre doing and live with the results.” NOTES: – Reliever Brad Lincoln should return to Grapefruit League action by early next week at the latest. Lincoln, competing for a bullpen job, had some tenderness in his throwing shoulder after his last appearance on March 9 against Detroit. – Tigers skipper Jim Leyland – he of the 1,676 career victories over 21 seasons managing Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado and Detroit – believes talk about clubhouse chemistry is overrated. “No, I dont believe in that philosophy,” said Leyland when asked about the need to build cohesion following the Blue Jays offseason moves. “Theyll be fine. Theyll get along good. When they win games, theyll have a great clubhouse like all the rest of us. If they dont win, their clubhouse wont be very good. If they do win, their clubhouse will be one of the best you ever saw. All that s—. They should win a lot of games so they should have a happy clubhouse.” How does he feel about the decision to bring John Gibbons back as manager? “Im thrilled to death about that and Ill tell you why,” said Leyland. “To guys like me, that means something because heres a guy that managed in the big leagues, coached, got let go, went down to Double-A and managed last year. That showed me a whole lot. That really showed me something and Im just thrilled to death. And other than that, they loaded their team, they really did. They should be really good.” Leyland, 68, has managed three teams to World Series appearances, winning with the 1997 Marlins and losing with the Tigers in 2006 and 2012. – The Blue Jays host Baltimore, Saturday in Dunedin and visit Houston in Kissimmee on Sunday. J.A. Happ (1-0, 1.93 ERA in four spring starts) will start for Toronto, Saturday, on a 75-pitch limit. Right-hander Jake Arrieta (0-0, 4.05 ERA) gets the ball. Jerrell Freeman Jersey . The 27-year-old Niskanen, the more offensive-minded of the pair of defencemen joining the Capitals, got a $40.25 million, seven-year contract. “Its a very big commitment from Washington. Thats no small thing. Youre talking a seven-year commitment for a very substantial amount of money,” said Niskanen, who got married Saturday. Cory Redding Colts Jersey .  Midfielder Michael Bradley, one of the teams new designated players, will make his debut, while striker Gilberto could see his first action for TFC in the contest.ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit coach Jim Schwartz says quarterback Matthew Stafford is “day to day” after hurting his right ankle late in Sundays loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Schwartz said Stafford wore a protective boot after the game, but he wouldnt go into any details about any X-rays or MRI. Schwartz did hint that the injury wasnt overly serious, ssaying if tests had shown anything too significant, Stafford would be “more than day to day.Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey. ” Staffords fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 90 seconds remaining Sunday, and he came hobbling off. He had his ankle taped and said later he would have tried to go back in, but Detroit never got the ball back. The Lions lost 23-16. ‘ ‘ ‘