Even though Hiroki Kukobu is scheduled to return to the active roster, he still isn't quote 100% (rib fracture). According to Sponichi, his doctor said, "I won't stop you [from returning] but you're still only at about 70%."
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yu Darvish recorded his second 15 strikeout game of the year last night. That made him just the 2nd person in NPB history to register strikeout 15 or more batters twice in one season. The other pitcher was Koji Noda in 1993. Darvish also became just the 4th pitcher in NPB history to record back-to-back seasons of double-digit strikeout games (13 last year and 10 so far this year). The other three pitchers: Yutaka Enatsu (1970-1971), Hideo Nomo (1990-1991) and Hideki Irabu (1994-1995).
The Buffaloes finished out their 8-game road trip (3 games at Yahoo Dome, 3 games at Sapporo Dome, 1 game at Niigata, and 1 game at Omiya), 1-7-0.
Teppei's wife gave birth to the couple's first child on the 25th: a boy weighing 2,798 grams.