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Romero pleased with progress in second start


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ricky Romero would certainly welcome some better results, but he's not sweating it. For the second time in as many Grapefruit League starts, Romero was pleased with his performance despite being scored upon.

This time, the end result was better than last time out. He lasted two innings, allowed a run on one hit, struck out one and walked one. The hit was a Kevin Frandsen triple, and Frandsen scored on a wild pitch.

Still, overall, Romero and the Blue Jays were encouraged. The lefty struck out Darin Ruf on a very nice fastball, and he liked what he saw from his two-seam fastball.

"A hitter tells you a lot by his swings," Romero said. "[The curveball] felt good for me out of my hand."

Romero is looking to bounce back from a rough 2012, hoping to get back to the form that made him one of the American League's best southpaws.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt like the delivery is smoothing out a lot better. It's a work in progress. Early in spring, second start, I definitely feel pretty good."

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