Jun 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) speaks to the media before practice before game one of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonia Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: LeBron James Fixes Up Akron Home, Aroldis Chapman Throws Really, Really Fast & Indians TV Ratings

LeBron James is using what’s left of his offseason to help rebuild a home in his native Akron, Ohio.

James, and his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, are helping with the fix-up as part of the Wheels for Education mentoring program.

While James is a dangerous man with a basketball when holding court, the King traded in his Nike shoes for a backhoe on Sunday, according to WEWS-TV.

James reportedly had trouble working the Bobcat, but as long as NBA policy prohibits the use of construction equipment during games, the four-time MVP should be just fine.

“He didn’t know what he was doing,” chuckled Willie Smith, a neighbor from across the street.

LeBron and family also pitched in to help remove the front steps, a retaining wall and some porch railings.

The Associated Press reported that work on the house will be featured “Rehab Addict,” which airs on HGTV network.

• The Battle of Ohio is two games old, and so far, the series is split 1-1. The Indians haven’t even seen famed Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Cuban Missile is throwing some major heat this season, and that’s putting it lightly. If Chapman’s not hitting triple digits, it’ll almost make you wonder if something is wrong.

This excellent feature by Hall of Famer Hal McCoy gives a look at how unbelievable Chapman has been:

“…One night on the last homestand could have been entitled, ‘Cuban Heat.’ Chapman struck out the side on 20 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fifteen were fastballs between 101 and 104 miles an hour — five at 101, four at 102, five at 103 and one at 104.”

About 39 percent of Chapman’s pitches this season have recorded triple-digits on the radar gun. To put this into context, Kelvin Herrea is second in the Major Leagues, with about 3.6 percent of his pitches reaching 100 mph or faster.

Chapman is throwing gas in different galaxy.

• The Indians may have problems getting fans into Progressive Field, but that doesn’t mean nobody’s paying attention.

It was recently announced that the Tribe the fifth highest local TV ratings in all of Major League Baseball, including afternoon games, according to WFNY.

The highest rated game of the 2014 season to date is the Tribe’s home opener vs. the Minnesota Twins, which garnered a 14.77 HH in simulcast with WKYC (over 219,000 households).

• Big-time college football prognosticator Phil Steele told CBS Radio’s The DA Show that Ohio State still has the edge in Big Ten play.

“I think if you go based on recruiting ranks and the amount of athletes coming in and potential NFL players, Ohio State still has an edge on the rest of the Big Ten,” College Football Preview Magazine writer Phil Steele said on The Damon Amendolara Show. “Michigan State, however, is closing the gap, and I love what Mark Dantonio gets out of his team each and every year.”

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