PHILADELPHIA -- It's not uncommon for players to often compete against former teammates, but the relationship goes far beyond that for the Phillies' Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot of the Giants.
Fontenot and Theriot made up the middle-infield tandem for LSU when they won the College World Series in 2000. They then went on to be teammates with the Cubs from 2005 to 2010.
The last couple of seasons, they've gotten to play against one another, as they are during this weekend's series between the two clubs at Citizens Bank Park.
"It was pretty fun when we got a chance to play together after college with the Cubs and everything," Fontenot said. "But it's always fun to play against former teammates."
The duo was actually together once again this past Spring Training with San Francisco, but Fontenot was released in late March. The Phillies signed him a few weeks later.
Fontenot said he and Theriot had talked since the Giants arrived in town for this weekend's three-game set but had not yet had the chance to hang out.
"We keep in touch whenever we can," Fontenot said. "Schedules get kind of crazy sometimes, especially in the offseason, seeing family. We stay in contact pretty well and try to get together when we can."
Phillies stack lineup with lefties vs. Cain
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Fontenot started at third base in place of Placido Polanco on Saturday, likely because Fontenot gave the Phillies another left-handed bat in the lineup against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.
Polanco had just two hits in his last 18 at-bats entering Saturday and is 0-for-6 for his career against Cain, who started for the National League in this year's All-Star Game. Fontenot came into the game 2-for-8 with a double and an RBI against Cain.
With Fontenot starting, seven of the nine players in the Phillies' lineup were either left-handed or switch-hitters.
The Phillies entered Saturday 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals and 11 games back of the two Wild Card spots.
Entering Saturday on a six-game losing streak at home, Philadelphia's 17-28 record and .378 winning percentage at Citizens Bank Park are a National League-worst. The Phillies have not finished with an under .500 home record since 2000.
Center fielder Shane Victorino entered Saturday's game one hit shy of 1,000 for his career.
Saturday was Apple Vacations Photo Day presented by Iberostar Hotels and Resorts. Before the game against the Giants, fans got the chance to meet and take pictures with their favorite players on the field at Citizens Bank Park.
The pitching matchup in Sunday's series finale features former teammates Joe Blanton and Barry Zito. The two played together with the A's from 2004-06.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.