The Yankees beat the Rangers in the 1996, 1998 and 1999 Division Series, winning nine of 10 games. The Core Four were in the dugout for each of those series.

Mark Teixeira Jesse Johnson/US Presswire

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FIRST BASE

WT: 220 lbs. HT: 6-3
BATS: Both THROWS: Right
BORN: April 11, 1980
BIRTH PLACE: Annapolis, MD

For the third straight season, Tex's average took a dip as he batted a career-low average this season. ... While his production was his normal 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs, he might no longer be a player who bats for average. ... Could be dropped down in the lineup for playoffs. ... Has struggled in the playoffs with the Yankees. ... Went 11-for-61 in 2009 before going 4-for-27 last season, including 0-for-14 in the ALCS., which puts Teixeira at .170 as a Yankee.

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SPLITS G AB R H HR RBI AVG SLG OPS
Career 1746 6549 1056 1783 394 1254 .272 .518 .882