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.

Curtis Granderson Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

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WT: 185 lbs. HT: 6-1
BATS: Left THROWS: Right
BORN: March 16, 1981
BIRTH PLACE: Blue Island, IL

After an OK first season as a Yankee, Granderson emerged as one of the top players in baseball this season with his MVP-caliber season. ... He set career highs in home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage and found a way to hit left-handed pitchers. ... It wasn't that long ago that Granderson was a liability against southpaws. ... In search of his first World Series ring. ... He hit .357 in the postseason last year with one home run and six RBIs.

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SPLITS G AB R H HR RBI AVG SLG OPS
Career 1617 6020 1009 1532 283 776 .254 .471 .810