POWER HITTERS: Henry Kissinger, utility infielder? Not quite. Utility statesman, sure, but Dr. K may not be quite ready to field fungoes with his new buddy, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. He did, however, display an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport. Kissinger and A-Rod joined Oscar and Annette de la Renta for lunch at the Four Seasons on Tuesday, where baseball dominated the conversation at the much-noticed table.

"Alex and I have been friends for some time — we both come from the same country," de la Renta said. "Alex was unbelievably impressed by how much Dr. Kissinger knew about the game, and Alex asked him a lot of questions about politics and the work he is doing now. We had a great time."

While the high-powered lunch spot is used to dignitaries such as Kissinger and designers such as de la Renta, the presence of A-Rod added a certain electric sizzle to the room. "Everybody was asking what Henry Kissinger was doing with A-Rod," said Julian Niccolini, co-owner of the Four Seasons. "I kept on saying he must be taking baseball lessons. Oscar has a tremendous ability to bring people together."

GETTING DESPERATE: Move over, Sarah Jessica and Kimora Lee. Coty's next celebrity scent will capitalize on the star power of not one, but five personalities. The beauty giant is said to be working on a fragrance inspired by the hit ABC television series, "Desperate Housewives," which features five main characters played by actresses Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan. While no particulars have been released, sources say it will most likely be a single scent inspired by the show in general — and not an eau for each character — perhaps an effort on Coty's part to keep any power struggles between the notoriously competitive cast to a minimum.

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