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Rockies 4, Padres 2; Todd Helton homers in his return, Greg Reynolds strong

Solid pitching by bottom of the rotation candidates Greg Reynolds and Josh Fogg and a two run homerun by Todd Helton in his first game since undergoing back surgery fueled the Rockies victory over the Pardres on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Spilborghs also went three for three for the Rockies offense. Matt Belisle pitched a perfect ninth for the save and the Rockies third straight win after losing their first seven of the Spring.

THE BIG QUESTION: Could some power return be in the cards for Helton in 2009? If his back pain was part of the reason his power was being sapped, and if he's now pretty much free from that pain, it doesn't seem completely out of the question. More power from the Toddfather would certainly be welcome.

Strong pitching and a homerun from Todd Helton?

WRAP RATING: Classic, recyclable, still effective after all this time. Today was a brown paper bag.