If this had been a year or two ago, Braves pitcher Mike Minor might have shaken him off when a veteran catcher flashed the sign for a curveball or slider in some of the situations where Gerald Laird called for those pitches Saturday.

But Minor has matured and developed the confidence to make adjustments. Surely it also helps that his rotation spot is secure this spring, and he’s getting ready for the season rather than battling for a job.

The left-hander pitched four scoreless innings Saturday in a 2-1 Grapefruit League win against the Yankees, allowing three hits and two walks and working around a couple of fielding errors. Minor said Laird mixed in more pitches.

“We only threw maybe five change-ups,” Minor said. “He (called for) more sliders and curveballs than I usually throw, especially for the beginning of spring training. Spent the day just really working on that, and trying to work out of jams and attacking hitters.”