Outstanding DH -- Don Baylor (.232, 23 HR, 91 RBI) of New York Yankees, selected by American League media for 1985 award.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Purchased RHP Mark Ross (8-5 at AAA Tucson, 0-2 at Houston in 1985) from the Astros in the first deal of the winter meetings.

Toronto Blue Jays -- Named Steve Mingori pitching coach at AAA Syracuse. HORSE RACING

Breeders' Cup -- Directors voted in Lexington, Ky., to hold their $10 million single-day program in California in 1987, site pending. With the 1986 races set for Santa Anita Nov. 1, the decision awards the event to the state a third time in four years. FOOTBALL

Detroit Lions -- Reported QB Eric Hipple, who left Sunday's game against New England with a strained left knee, will be ready to play this week against Green Bay. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Declared LB Bryan Hinkle out for the season, broken elbow. GOLF

Seagram Sports Award -- Lanny Wadkins was named golfer of the year, good for a trophy and $10,000 and ending Tom Watson's three-year reign, based on computer analysis of 1985 performance. HOCKEY

New York Rangers -- Acquired G Roland Melanson from Minnesota North Stars, then traded him to Los Angeles Kings with D Grant Ledyard to acquire LW Brian MacLellan and a draft pick. Minnesota obtained the Rangers' picks in 1986 second round and 1987 fourth round. New York got Los Angeles' No. 4 in 1987. National Hockey League -- Advisory Committee recommended to Board of Governors at winter meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla., that expansion not be considered at this time. Minnesota North Stars -- Recalled F Gord Sherven from AHL.

St. Louis Blues -- Called up LW Normand Baron from IHL. BASKETBALL

Washington Bullets -- NBA named C Jeff Ruland player of the week; he averaged 25.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists as the Bullets won three of four. New York Knicks -- Reported C-F Bill Cartwright (foot fracture) may play in a month. COLLEGES

Atlantic Coast Conference -- Named Duke G Johnny Dawkins of Washington, D.C., basketball player of the week. He scored 21 and 24 points in wins over Vanderbilt and Virginia. Big East -- Named Earl Kelly, Connecticut G, basketball player of the week and Dana Barros, Boston College G, freshman of week. George Washington -- Atlantic 10 selected F Tracey Earley, ex-Magruder High, as women's basketball freshman of the week (52 points, 35 rebounds in three games). Wake Forest -- Signed high school seniors Lisa Carter of Woodbridge and Suzie Telleysh of Herndon for women's basketball.