SS Barry Larkin has asked the Reds to cancel his retirement ceremonies planned for the final weekend of the season because he's not sure this will be his last year.

"Right now, I would like to leave my options as a player open for 2005," Larkin said in a statement yesterday.

Larkin, 40, was picked this weekend for his 12th all-star team. The Reds' captain is hitting .290 with four homers and 31 RBI.

The Reds had planned to hold retirement festivities for Larkin on Oct. 2, the next-to-last day of season, when they played Pittsburgh.

Larkin has played his entire career with the Reds; he made his major league debut in 1986. He helped them win the 1990 World Series and was the 1995 NL MVP.

* BIG DEAL: RHP Freddy Garcia agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the White Sox, 10 days after being traded from Seattle.

Garcia will earn $8 million in 2005, $9 million in 2006 and $10 million in 2007. The 28-year-old was eligible to become a free agent after this season, but the White Sox traded for him June 27 in the hope they could sign him to a longer deal.

* BACK TO DL: World Series MVP Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list after tearing skin on his right middle finger, one day after returning from a back injury.

-- From News Services