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Theriot looking for another October run

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Ryan Theriot has played in and won the College World Series at LSU, been on three playoff teams, won one World Series ring and could be in line for another if the San Francisco Giants keep churning out victories.
``I guess that's a good track record to have,'' the former Cubs second baseman said Friday. ``I've been fortunate to be on a lot of clubs that have had success. And it's no different with this [Giants] team.''
Theriot's first playoffs came with the Cubs as part of a home grown double play combination in himself and shortstop Mike Fontenot. They were in the playoffs in 2007 and 2008 and remained with the team until mid 2010 when Fontenot was traded to the Giants and Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2011, Theriot, now 32, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals -- famously calling it being ``on the right side of the rivalry.'' The year ended with a World Series ring, but for all the consternation his comments caused, the 2001 Cubs draft pick still feels a fondness for Wrigley Field and the team that drafted him.
``Of course,'' he said. ``This is where I had my first taste of the big leagues, and we won two division championships. You always enjoy coming back to your first club.''
Theriot keeps track of the Cubs and is a fan of the young double play combination that followed him--Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney.
He is not a regular in the lineup any more, the Giants using Marco Scutaro at second. Tendinitis in his right arm also has affected him this season. But he is still a contributor on a team expecting to play in October.
``We have a really good team. We've been scoring a lot of runs [even in the wake of Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension for testing positive for steriods], and we run a lot. Plus the pitching,'' he said.
``It's been a lof of fun every day,'' he said of his career. ``I've won a World Series, been in the playoffs three times. You couldn't ask for anything more.''

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