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.

Phil Hughes John Munson/US Presswire



WT: 240 lbs. HT: 6-5
BATS: Right THROWS: Right
BORN: June 24, 1986
BIRTH PLACE: Mission Viejo, CA

Phil Hughes won the fifth starter spot in spring training and went on to make the All-Star team. The game, played in Anaheim, was 10 minutes from his parents' house, which is where Hughes still lives in the offseason.

Hughes developed a change-up during the season and is now able to last into the sixth or seventh inning. In his first postseason start in ALDS Game 3, Hughes pitched a beauty, throwing seven shutout innings to propel the Yankees to the sweep.