BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves -- Offered OF Omar Moreno a major league contract; sent OF Albert Hall, C Larry Owen, IF Paul Runge to AAA. Cincinnati Reds -- Cut nonroster RHP Doug Bair. Houston Astros -- OF Jose Cruz returned from camp to Houston for tests on a swollen right knee; OF Terry Puhl took batting practice for second time since severely spraining an ankle. Kansas City Royals -- Named LHP Bud Black to start opener April 8 against New York, holding slightly ailing RHP Bret Saberhagen for April 12 versus Toronto. Milwaukee Brewers -- Sent RHP Chuck Porter, RHP Bob Gibson to minors. Montreal Expos -- Released C Ned Yost, IF Ivan DeJesus; optioned RHP Randy St. Claire, SS Rene Gonzales to AAA. New York Mets -- Waived LHP Tom Gorman; acquired minor league LHP Tony Ferreira from Royals for IF Argenis Salazar. Philadelphia Phillies -- Sent to minors Ps Rocky Childress, Mike Maddux, Arturo Gonzalez, Randy Lerch, Dave Shipanoff, OF Chris James, C Ronn Reynolds, 1B Francisco Melendez. St. Louis Cardinals -- Put LHP Tim Conroy on 21-day DL, tender shoulder. San Francisco Giants -- Released OF Ron Roenicke, sent RHP Frank Williams, LHP Mike Jeffcoat, IF Rick Adams to AAA. Seattle Mariners -- Sent RHP Pete Ladd, RHP Steve Fireovid to AAA; RHP Jim Beattie to 21-day DL.

FOOTBALL

Indianapolis Colts -- Signed free agent K Obed Ariri. Toronto Argonauts (CFL) -- Signed QB David Bates, a junior from U. of Texas-Arlington, which has dropped football.

BASKETBALL

NBA -- Named Boston's K.C. Jones coach of the month, and Los Angeles Clippers C Benoit Benjamin rookie of the month. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Returned F Edgar Jones to injured list, recurrent strain in right knee.

COLLEGES

Maryland-Baltimore County -- Moving up to NCAA Division I, named Jeff Bzdelik, 33, basketball coach. He has been an assistant at Northwestern U. since 1980. Duquesne -- Signed Jim Satalin to a three-year renewal as basketball coach. George Washington -- Sophomore SS Scott Faloni is Atlantic 10 baseball player of the week.