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.

Brett Gardner William Perlman/The Star-Ledger/US PResswire

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LEFT FIELD

WT: 183 lbs. HT: 5-10
BATS: Left THROWS: Left
BORN: August 24, 1983
BIRTH PLACE: Holly Hill, SC

Stellar defense and speed are Gardner's two best assets and he put them on full display this season. ... He again led the league in steals while also playing some of the best defense in left field of any player in baseball. ... The only knock on his season is his dip in average and on-base percentage, as he fell quite short of his .383 mark from 2010. ...Gardner struggled in his first postseason as a starter last year. ... He batted .179 with two RBIs.

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SPLITS G AB R H HR RBI AVG SLG OPS
Career 744 2396 415 642 38 229 .268 .392 .743