Saquon Barkley, the Penn State running back selected second overall by the New York Giants on Thursday, generated more jersey sales on NFL draft night than any other first-round pick.
It won’t be known until Sunday morning if Barkley’s jersey lead will hold up, but within minutes of his selection, new teammate Odell Beckham Jr. was predicting even bigger things.
After Barkley, the next best-selling jersey was first overall pick Baker Mayfield, who went to the Cleveland Browns, followed by the No. 3 pick Sam Darnold, who went to the New York Jets.
Jerseys ordered Thursday night will not be processed until the player picks a number. Fanatics says it will then take two to four weeks to get to the customer.
No player on the Giants currently wears No. 26, the number Barkley wore with the Nittany Lions.
Due in part to faster pushing to both online and social, Fanatics said jersey sales for this year’s first round were three times bigger than last year. The company said its total NFL merchandise business is up 40 percent year over year.
Snell allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings to win his fourth consecutive start. Alex Colome worked the ninth for his fifth save in seven opportunities, striking out pinch-hitter Andre Benitendi looking to end it.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit RBI doubles for the Red Sox, who have lost four of six.
Drew Pomeranz (0-1) lasted five innings in his second start of the season. Pomeranz, who missed the first 18 games with a forearm injury, allowed four runs — all on homers- struck out four and walked two.
Ramos’ two-out blast over the Green Monster scored C.J. Cron in the first. Refsnyder led off the third with another shot over the Monster, his first homer since October 2015. Robertson led off the fourth with another homer to left.
Boston didn’t have a baserunner until Snell walked Betts to start the fourth.
Snell took a shutout into the sixth, when Christian Vazquez led off with a double off the wall in left and scored on Betts’ one-out double to center. Martinez drove in Betts with a two-out double down the line in right.