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Peavy takes a beating, then says he's ready

Jake Peavy snorted, grunted and snarled his way through seven innings in a minor league game Saturday against Cincinnati Reds Triple-A farmhands in Goodyear, Ariz.

After his 112-pitch outing, the Chicago White Sox right-hander and former Cy Young Award winner pronounced himself ready to go into the regular season.

“My breaking balls were pretty good. I threw one of my better ones in the seventh inning,” Peavy said after allowing seven runs on 12 hits, striking out four. “I feel just the same as I have my whole big league career. You come to spring training and you just try to get through it healthy.”

Peavy gave up a few hard hits and was victimized by some bloopers that fell in front of his outfielders for hits. He surrendered a home run to Luis Terrero, a former White Sox player, and a bomb of a triple to dead center field that hit the batter’s eye above the 405-feet sign.

Peavy is scheduled to start Chicago’s second game of the season April 7 against Cleveland.

Feldman gets nod for Texas

The Texas Rangers have selected Scott Feldman as their opening day starter, completing the right-hander’s ascent from extra arm to staff ace.

Feldman started the 2009 season in the bullpen. He went on to join the rotation and lead the team in wins.

The 27-year-old was 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts and 34 overall appearances last season.

Feldman will be joined in the rotation by Rich Harden, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and one-time closer C.J. Wilson.

The Rangers optioned lefty Derek Holland and right-hander Brandon McCarthy to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Dodgers to Mientkiewicz: No

Doug Mientkiewicz was told he will not make the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opening day roster, leaving the first baseman’s major league future in doubt.

Mientkiewicz, 35, was attempting a comeback from a separated shoulder that required surgery last season and limited him to 18 at-bats for the Dodgers.

Mientkiewicz was excused from camp Saturday so he could weigh his options.

Dodger out of Venezuela

Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario finally resolved his visa problems in his native Venezuela and is expected to report to spring training today.

Once the regular season begins, Belisario will not be paid as long as he remains on the restricted list, where the Dodgers are allowed to keep him for up to 30 days.

The reliever had a breakout rookie season in 2009, with a 2.04 ERA in 702/3 innings.

Short hops

Jacque Jones has been told that he will not make the Minnesota Twins’ opening day roster. The veteran outfielder hit .344 this spring with two home runs and three doubles. … Ian Kennedy has impressed his manager enough to earn a spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ rotation. Kennedy allowed two runs, including a solo homer to Grady Sizemore, over six innings, in a 2-0 loss to Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz. … Reigning American League MVP Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBI as the Twins beat up Cole Hamels and the Phillies, 8-4, in Fort Myers, Fla. Mauer, who signed a $184 million contract extension earlier this month, is hitting .448 this spring. Hamels gave up five runs on seven hits and in 6 innings. Jim Thome added a two-run homer off Jose Contreras in the seventh. … Justin Duchscherer was roughed up for 11 runs in his second start after missing last season, and Oakland lost, 14-12, to Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz. … The Detroit Tigers have placed pitchers Zach Miner and Bobby Seay on the 15-day disabled list.

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