San Fran­cisco Gi­ants

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Derek Law will find out this month if his new slider works against big-lea­guers. Heed­ing the ad­vice of catcher Buster Posey, the reliever changed his ap­proach this sum­mer af­ter he was de­moted to Class AAA Sacra­mento.

Posey sug­gested Law dif­fer­en­ti­ate his slider and curve­ball be­cause their ve­loc­ity was nearly iden­ti­cal.

Bat­ters had teed off, deal­ing Law a 5.40 ERA — nearly dou­ble his 2.13 ERA as a rookie.

“They could sit on ba­si­cally the same pitch,” Law told The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

So he de­vel­oped a speed­ier slider in re­cent weeks.

“He’s ac­tu­ally got two dis­tinct pitches, dif­fer­ent speeds, dif­fer­ent ac­tions,” said catcher Tim Fede

row­icz, who with Law was re­cently pro­moted. “The slider is harder and tighter.”

At Sacra­mento, Law recorded a 2.48 ERA and earned 10 saves.

Mark Me­lan­con, who was signed dur­ing the off­sea­son to be the closer but ceded the job to

Sam Dyson, will have surgery to cor­rect a fore­arm is­sue that has both­ered him at times since 2012.

Chris Shaw, whose po­ten­tial as a slug­ger is ex­cit­ing for a franchise in dire need of power, is ex­pected to play in the Ari­zona Fall League. Shaw, 23, has 55 home runs in 302 mi­nor league games since 2015.

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