Astros ace Lance McCullers’ status in doubt for ALCS against Boston

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Lance McCullers, the Astros’ top starting pitcher during the regular season with 13 wins and a team-high 185 strikeouts, will likely be a spectator when the ALCS begins this weekend. The 28-year-old hurler bowed out of Tuesday’s start with what the team described as “forearm discomfort” and was later sent for an MRI. While McCullers’ tests reportedly came back clean, the right-hander remains a longshot to face the Red Sox this series.