At this stage, Kei Igawa couldn't be any worse.

Hiroki Kuroda was supposed to be the No. 2 starter for the Yankees. Unless he dramatically improves, maybe No. 2 for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees, who fell to 6-6 after a 6-5 loss to the Twins last night at the Stadium, are nearing pitching panic with Phil Hughes taking the mound tonight in the finale against the Twins. Then comes the tough part of the schedule.

When the Twins leave town, it is on to Boston and a showdown with Bobby Valentine's troubled Red Sox, a trip to Texas, the real American League powerhouse, and a home series against the Tigers, the team that knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs last October.