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    Three different casts for three different titles

    Jon Lester, second from left, and Dustin Pedroia, second from right, are two of the few holdovers from the Red Sox’ 2007 championship team.
    Barry Chin/Globe Staff

    With the notable exception of David Ortiz, the Red Sox used three different casts to win three titles over the last 10 years.

    A look at how the players have changed, but the roles stayed the same:

    Role200420072013
    Staff ace Curt Schilling Josh Beckett Jon Lester
    RBI machine Manny Ramirez Mike Lowell Mike Napoli
    Team captain Pedro Martinez Jason Varitek Dustin Pedroia
    Switch-hitting catalyst Mark Bellhorn Coco Crisp Shane Victorino
    Lefthanded slugger David Ortiz David Ortiz David Ortiz
    Star closer Keith Foulke Jonathan Papelbon Koji Uehara
    Breakthrough starter Bronson Arroyo Daisuke Matsuzaka Felix Doubront
    Quiet infield veteran Bill Mueller Julio Lugo Stephen Drew
    Veteran stopper Derek Lowe Curt Schilling John Lackey
    Contributing rookie Kevin Youkilis Jacoby Ellsbury Xander Bogaerts
    Clubhouse leader Kevin Millar Alex Cora Jonny Gomes
    Workhorse reliever Mike Timlin Javier Lopez Junichi Tazawa
    Lefty specialist Alan Embree Hideki Okajima Craig Breslow
    Midseason pickup Orlando Cabrera Eric Gagne Jake Peavy
    Traded away Nomar Garciaparra Joel Pineiro Jose Iglesias
    Returning injured pitcherScott WilliamsonJon LesterClay Buchholz
    Bench weaponDave RobertsEric HinskeQuintin Berry