LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole took time out from his tough anti-drug speech Wednesday to recognize the no-hitter tossed the night before by Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo.

But, in what the campaign insisted was just a joke, Dole mentioned that Nomo pitched the no-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

``I'm going to be like Nomo. I'm going to pitch a no-hitter from now until Nov. 5. The Brooklyn Dodgers had a no-hitter last night. I'm going to follow what Nomo did and we're going to wipe them out between now and Nov. 5,'' Dole said.

The Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957, a few years before Dole won his first election to Congress. Nomo pitched the no-hitter Tuesday night at Colorado, his first.

Dole spokesman Nelson Warfield said the candidate was simply trying to ``add some mirth to the mix'' before his speech.

``I think he was just using the well-known Dole wit,'' Warfield said.