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Has Rolen's power been restored?

Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen seems to have relocated his power stroke which had been largely missing since 2006.

Rolen, whose strength was sapped by shoulder troubles, hit two homers in a game for the first time in more than three years Monday against the Marlins. And the Reds' cozy home park can't even be blamed for giving up a pair of cheapies. The dingers came on the road in Florida, one of the toughest places to hit the longball these days.

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Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen hits a home run in the second inning Monday during the Reds  game against the Marlins. AP photo.

Rolen has hit 25 or more homers in a season seven times over his career, but none since 2004. Much of that can be chalked up to time lost to injury. But Rolen has undoubtedly had a loss of power since undergoing surgery on both shoulders.

Of course, Rolen almost accomplished the two homers in one game feat on opening day when he hit a second long fly to left centerfield that Cardinals fly chaser Colby Rasmus was able to track down and snag about a foot over the top of the fence between the ballfield and the bullpen.