With a rainout Saturday in New York, the teams had to play Game 4 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night with the final out recorded in the Yankees' 3-2 win at 11:10 p.m. ET.
Both teams then boarded their respective charters for the almost-five-hour flight to California, getting what rest they could on the airplane and then a nap at the hotel or at home. Monday's Game 5 winner will then head to Chicago immediately after the game to open the ALCS at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
But with a chance to advance on the line, the schedule was not a topic of discussion Monday among the teams.
"Travel is not an issue," Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "Maybe if it was a different game, but not today."
Kennedy did admit, though, the flight west was more low-key than normal and it wasn't because the Angels didn't close out the Yankees.
"It was a little more quiet than usual," said Kennedy, who logged about two to three hours of sleep on the plane and another four to five at home. "I think everyone respected everyone's wish to sleep. There was not as much socializing."
Next up: If the Angels win Monday and advance to play the White Sox in the ALCS, one of two right-handers, either Paul Byrd or rookie Ervin Santana, will start Game 1.
Byrd was in the rotation for the ALDS and started Game 3, when he allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings and did not figure into the decision in the Angels' 11-7 win. Santana has been in the bullpen during the series, but hadn't appeared in any of the first four games.
Each starter went 1-0 against the White Sox this season, making one start apiece. Byrd's line was the less impressive of the two -- he was touched for five runs in six innings. Santana made a name for himself in his lone appearance against the White Sox, when he tossed a shutout on May 23 at Angel Stadium for his first Major League win.
With Bartolo Colon starting Monday, John Lackey pitching Sunday at Yankee Stadium on short rest and Jarrod Washburn still feeling the effects of a throat infection, both Byrd and Santana would be in the rotation to start the first two games in Chicago.
Improving: Washburn stayed behind in New York on Sunday night as the team flew back to California. The left-hander was scratched from his Game 4 start after running a temperature as high as 102 degrees.
Washburn spent Sunday night in a hotel and flew back Monday, when he was examined by team physician Craig Millhouse, who made a preliminary diagnosis of strep throat. Washburn was not available to pitch out of the bullpen in Game 5, but his temperature had returned to normal.
"As miserable as he was, it would have been tough for him to fly last night," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Microwave: Vladimir Guerrero had been relatively quiet in the series with just four singles, four runs and no RBIs in 14 at-bats entering Monday. Guerrero remained in the third spot in the lineup with Garret Anderson batting cleanup and the Angels were confident he is one swing away from turning it on.
"Vlad has had stretches when hits have not fallen in," Scioscia said. "But he is the type of player where he takes one swing and is locked in."
Numbers: The Angels had been eliminated only one time from the postseason while playing on their home field. In 1979, the Orioles won Game 4 at Anaheim Stadium to clinch the American League pennant. ... Since five-game postseason series began in 1969, the team that won Game 4 went on to win the decisive fifth game 15 of 25 times.
Future Angels: Several prospects have been playing well in the Arizona Fall League. Shortstop Brandon Wood, the Angels organization's co-player of the year, had a four-homer Monday, bringing his total to seven homers in his first 22 at-bats. Second baseman and co-player of the year Howie Kendrick is hitting.500 through 24 at-bats with a homer while Kendry Morales is also hitting .500 in the early going.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.