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Spring officially started last week, but any baseball fan knows that spring actually starts the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training at the end of February! The boys of summer will be back starting the beginning of April.  For baseball fans, it’s nearly time to hear those two magic words: Play Ball! The Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals are currently finishing up their spring training games in the Grapefruit League in Florida and soon will be setting their final starting line-ups and deciding on their opening day pitchers. What will 2015 look like for both teams that went to the playoffs in 2014?  Both teams have made changes in the off-season to make them even bigger contenders for 2015. Both the Orioles and the Nationals start their regular season games on April 6th. Let’s take a look at what the 2015 Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals season could bring.

 

Baltimore Orioles       

The Baltimore Orioles spring training games in the Grapefruit league will soon be ending. The Orioles, as of March 25th, have a record of 9 and 14 in the Grapefruit League. For the 2014 season, The Baltimore Orioles were 1st in the very tough American League Eastern Division. The team had a very impressive 2014 record of 96 and 66 under the management of Buck Showalter. The team won the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, but fell to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship series.  The Orioles are in the very tough American League East Division against the Yankees, Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The competition is so good, that you really never know what team will come out ahead and there is usually always a battle at the end of September to see who will be the division winner. This year’s off-season was relatively quiet compared to past years, with a few re-signings of key players and a few bigger players leaving due to free agency. The pitching rotation and bullpen should be strong throughout the season. Once catcher, Matt Wieters returns from recovery from Tommy John surgery and Manny Machado returns to the line-up, the batting and defense should be solid. The Baltimore Orioles open their season against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday, April 6th at 3pm. The home opener at Camden Yards is Friday, April 10th starting at 3:05 pm, against the Toronto Blue Jays.  For special fan events and other special Baltimore Orioles scheduling and ticket information,check out the Orioles website. 

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals are looking to better their 96 and 66 2014 finish and return to October baseball.  In 2014, the team, led by freshman manager Matt Williams, was first place in the National League East Division and made it to the first round of the playoffs, but lost to the World Series winners, San Francisco Giants. The Washington Nationals spring training has been pretty solid with a 9 and 10 record in the Grapefruit league as of March 25th. The 2015 Washington Nationals didn’t make many roster changes during the off-season and continues to have a good portion of returning players from the 2014 team. The starting pitching, including a great starting pitching rotation of Stephen Strasberg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, and recent acquisition, Max Scherzer, will be a force in the league. Young player, Bryce Harper hopes to continue to grow on early career successes with the Nationals. The Washington National’s home opener is Monday, April 6th at 4:05pm against division rivals, New York Mets.  Don’t miss a game this season. Find out Washington Nationals scheduling and ticket information on the Nationals website.

The Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area is lucky to be able to have both American and National league teams close by to cheer for. Good Luck to both teams for the 2015 season! Here’s hoping that both teams make the return trip to October baseball! If you have sporting equipment that needs to be stored during the winter season, consider ezStorage. ezStorage has storage units throughout the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas that can serve all of your storage needs.

ezStorage Corporation is excited to announce the official launch of its updated self storage website: www.ezstorage.com.  The website is fully responsive meaning it will automatically scale to any device whether it’s a traditional desktop, a tablet or the latest mobile device.  The updated site continues to provide customers with a multitude of easy and intuitive ways to locate their closest ezStorage storage facility and easily reserve a self storage unit.  

"Our facilities continue to be the best in the industry. That coupled with self-storage professionals who are the most knowledgeable in the industry makes for an unbeatable customer experience.  We continue to strive for a website experience that reflects our focus on the customer.  It’s a goal we strive to reach in every new website iteration and we certainly won’t stop here.  We’ll begin work on the next iteration to remain best in class" stated ezStorage CEO, Todd Manganaro.

Features of the new self storage website design

The new www.ezstorage.com uses a sophisticated self-storage unit search function Google map technology and several integrated applications to deliver information customers want quickly and seamlessly. Website visitors will continue to find an informative virtual tour exemplifying ezStorage’s commitment to facility excellence, an animated storage size guide to help customers determine just the right unit size, videos and other information intended to make the customer experience the best in the self-storage industry. Customers will also find an easy to use customer portal where they can pay online, manage their account or sign up for Autopay.

ezStorage will continue to share informative storage tips, moving tips and other information on our storage resources page. Stop by our blog to read about events in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas, learn everything from de-cluttering and organization tips, and tips on how to pack boxes for moving and storage. ezStorage Corporation, is one of the nation's leading self-storage operators with 41,000 units at 46 facilities throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Since 1987, ezStorage's attention to customer service, architectural detail, cleanliness and safety has earned them an unmatched reputation in the industry and among consumers.

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It just seemed like yesterday that it was time to put your lawn and garden equipment in storage for the winter.  After a cold winter, spring has finally arrived and it is time for preparing the lawn equipment for spring & summer use. Whether you are bringing out the lawn equipment from your garage or a storage unit, you need to make sure that they are running correctly before use.  According to Outdoor Power Equipment (OPEI), it is very important to avoid fuel related problems, so your lawn equipment will operate safely.

There are certain steps that need to be followed in order to make sure that your lawn and garden tools including lawn mowers, trimmers, chain saws and other gardening equipment are in good working condition for the new season. Spring maintenance of these items can take just a few hours on your own or can be done by the equipment’s service center.

Cleaning and Prepping Lawn and Garden Equipment

Before preparing your lawn equipment for the spring season, consult the owner’s manual for specific instruction on cleaning and handling the equipment. The manuals will typically provide detailed instructions on what tasks need to be completed to get the equipment ready for use again. 

  1. Check the fuel tank of the lawn mower before use. It is recommended not to leave fuel sitting in a tank for more than 30 days. Untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer), will deteriorate causing starting issues and damage to the fuel system. Safely drain old untreated fuel and follow your equipment manual on adding new fuel. Remember to properly dispose of the old fuel.
  2. Inspect the lawn and garden equipment. Look for loose belts, missing or damaged parts. Damaged equipment should be repaired as soon as possible.
  3. Drain out old oil and replace with fresh oil recommended by the manufacturer. Properly dispose of the oil that was drained.
  4. Check the air filters on the engines of the lawn and garden tools. If it is dark or gray, then it needs to be replaced. 
  5. Check the spark plugs and clean or replace as needed.
  6. Clean the lawn and garden equipment before use, especially if this was not done before storing. Remove dirt, oil and grass that were stuck in the machinery during the off-season. Cleaning a lawn mower will help it to run more efficiently and last longer.
  7. Check the battery on riding mowers. If the battery was removed during winter storage, reattach and re-charge the battery, if necessary.
  8. Check the tires on the lawn and garden equipment and inflate to the pressure recommended by the equipment’s instruction manual.
  9. Grease the wheel bearings and other moving parts on the machinery as applicable. This will allow the lawn equipment to work better and last longer.
  10. For leaf blowers, edging equipment or trimmers, inspect the equipment to make sure that the straps, handles, nuts and bolts are all in place and working. Follow oil change and air filter change procedures according to the owner’s manual. Review the starting procedures before you use the equipment for the first time in the season.

Once you remove your spring lawn and garden equipment from storage, then it will be time to move the winter items such as snow blowers into storage. A self storage unit is a great option for all of your household storage from furniture to patio furniture to lawn and garden equipment. Placing the equipment in storage will keep them protected from the elements and clear up storage space in your garage.

 

 

 
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