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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after exchanging words with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals is held back by home plate umpire Eric Cooper #56 after exchanging words with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants exchange words in the sixth inning during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 speaks with Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: The Kansas City Royals bench comes to the field after words were exchanged between Salvador Perez #13 and Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals returns to the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler hits an RBI single in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Billy Butler #16 of the Kansas City Royals hits an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler celebrates after hitting an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals slides safely into home on a Billy Butler RBI single in the bottom of the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals scores off a hit by Billy Butler #16 in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura works in the first inning agains the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Jake Peavy #22 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy walks off the field after being relieved by Jean Machi during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey talks with Jake Peavy before Peavy was relieved by Jean Machi during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals fails to make a catch against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants leaves the game due to an injury in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is escorted off the field during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the top of the ninth inning during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Greg Holland #56 celebrates with Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: Ned Yost #3 of the Kansas City Royals acknowledges the crowd after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: 'Slugerrr' the Kansas City Royals mascot performs during Game Two of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A fan holds up a sign during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 7-2 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 22: The Kansas City Royals celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game Two of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 22, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Fireworks open the show as the Kansas City Royals welcome the San Francisco Giants for Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.

The message was as simple as Hudson's approach on the mound: "World Series, baby!"

After 16 years, 214 regular-season wins and seven failed trips to the postseason, Hudson has finally made it to baseball's biggest stage at age 39.

Hudson is set to take the mound Friday night for the Giants when they return home to face Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series after a two-game split in Kansas City.

"I think everybody thinks about it every year they play," Hudson said. "Obviously when you go 16 years without having been able to experience something like this, you wonder if it's going to happen. I'm no different than anybody."

Hudson's brilliant career began on the other side of San Francisco Bay as he helped Oakland make four straight trips to the postseason that ended with Game 5 losses in the division series.

Hudson got back to the playoffs with Atlanta, losing in the division series in 2005 to Houston and 2010 to San Francisco. The Braves made it again last year when Hudson was hurt but lost again in the division series.

After signing a $23 million, two-year contract this offseason with San Francisco, Hudson finally got to experience postseason success.

"Coming off my injury last year, I knew that I probably don't have a lot of years left," Hudson said. "That was a huge reason I came here to San Francisco. It's unfolding just how I figured it would."

Hudson got no-decisions in his first two postseason starts, allowing five runs in 13 2-3 innings against Washington and St. Louis.

The limited work of late has paid dividends. Hudson looks much fresher than he did in September when he went 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA in five starts to end the season while dealing with a bum hip.

"It's hard enough to play this game when you're healthy, but when you're pitching and your hip's bothering you a little bit - and he's a warrior," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was never complaining. He was never making excuses, but it was a fact. I think it was affecting him a little bit."

Despite being picked as an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, Hudson was not at his best in the regular season, and his 9-13 record was the first losing mark of his career. But he managed 31 starts over 189 1-3 innings in his comeback from a broken ankle and has been a key contributor in the postseason.

"He's a veteran, been around a long time, seen a lot of stuff," Giants ace Madison Bumgarner said. "He brings a lot to the table, and I feel like he's still as good as he's ever been."

Hudson has a 214-124 career record with a 3.45 ERA. The only pitchers with more wins and a better winning percentage since World War II are Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Jim Palmer and Pedro Martinez.

Guthrie had a long wait just to get to the playoffs. He made his first postseason appearance at age 35 when he allowed one run in five innings of a no-decision against Baltimore in Game 3 of the ALCS.

That start is Guthrie's only outing the past four weeks; he did not pitch in the division series sweep against the Angels. So Guthrie has done his best to stay sharp with side work instead of pitching in games.

He has also spent time serving as a translator for some of Kansas City's Spanish-speaking players. Guthrie completed a Mormon mission to Spain when he was in college.

"He's a tremendous clubhouse presence, too, and he's a guy with a lot of experience," manager Ned Yost said. "He's got a very outgoing personality, and he helps all of our Latin guys. He has the unique ability to be able to enjoy all types of players that we have in our locker room."

"He can converse with the Latin guys on their level. He can converse with the American guys. He hasn't really mastered Japanese yet for him to be there with Nori (Aoki) much, but he's just a really fun guy to be around."

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